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Re: [opensuse] Can you say ripoff - OT
  • From: Tony Alfrey <tonyalfrey@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 10:34:33 -0800
  • Message-id: <45A531B9.2010300@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Peter Bradley wrote:
Ysgrifennodd Tony Alfrey:
<snip /> But surely those who decide on such things as a Linux Standard Base could decide on a Standard Hardware Base, and vendors could be encouraged to advertise their products as Linux Standard Hardware Base compatible. Surely everyone at SuSE "knows" their own box; this could serve as a basis for a list of "known functional systems".


My current box had XP Home on it when purchased. I replaced this with XP Pro/SuSE 10.0. Neither installation took more than a few minutes. On the Linux side, the sound card worked out-of-the-box. On XP, I had to scour the internet for drivers since the proper drivers had been present in the original setup, which I'd erased to install XP.

What is the configuration of your box? You're our first entry in our Linux_Standard_Hardware_Base.Complete_System!! I see many posts on this list of others who did not find that the install of SuSE 10.2 went as smoothly. Indeed, some say "10.0 installed great, 10.2 blew up." Try your system with 10.2. We need Linux_Standard_Hardware_Base.Complete_System.SuSE10point2

Some of us are grown up enough to realise that occasionally there will be problems when we install a new OS on a given hardware configuration. This is true of any general purpose OS - which OS/X is not, because it is only built to work on a single configuration. We just do the best we can to get over it and get on with the rest of our lives.

I agree, and I expect that, too, on my Linux box. But if the goal is to convert more away from M$, it would help the average user for the end result to be more Mac-like. Hence the possible usefulness of such a compatibility list. I'm not the first to propose ways to make the transition to Linux easier for the masses, I'm just thinking about ways to quantify it.

For example: there's this new $150 dollar linux laptop for Africa that's being proposed/funded/debated. Here's a Standardized_Configuration that could serve as a Mac-like Linux equivalent. Surely any software upgrades for this box must be infinitely user-friendly, crash-proof and deliverable over the web. Just like a Mac.

If I've completely misunderstood the thrust of your argument, I apologise profusely and will add you to my list of people for whom I need to purchase beer.


I think we're in agreement, but you should still include me on the beer list.

Tony Alfrey
"I'd Rather Be Sailing"
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