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Re: Clinging to Microsoft (was Re: [opensuse] Why openSUSE is less popular than Ubuntu?)
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2011 04:20:23 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LNX.2.00.1112110404520.21711@Telcontar.valinor>
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On Tuesday, 2011-12-06 at 23:45 +0100, Per Jessen wrote:

Duaine Hechler wrote:

My take on the solution - is windows will never go away until all
"windows" software can run "natively" within Linux.

For most business users, Windows could go away tomorrow. I've been
running my business entirely on Linux for more than five years.

I need at least one Windows machine because:

1) The TomTom navigator will not update from Linux. The software
also fails in a VM.
2) I need to handle my Nokia cell-phone from Windows. Bluetooth
support in Linux worked some days only, and the software to
retrieve data is incomplete and imperfect.
3) My Kobo ebook will only update from Windows. There is an
experimental Ubuntu software, so I may be forced to install Ubuntu on
another partition or a VM. The devs said they do not intend to support
more than one distro, and the chose Ubuntu.

And yes, it is chore I hate. Booting Windows, then wait for it to update itself, update the antivirus and whatever, and reboot it several times. Then updating my gadgets. Several hours.

There are things that simply do not work in Linux.

Also, I'm currently getting a 400 hours training paid by the goverment on network administration, and it is Windows only. If there is enough time, we may see some Linux at the end. The teacher is Linux friendly, but knows very little about it.

At least, the tax software suplied by the Spanish goverment is a Java app that runs in Linux too. Count your blessings.

- -- Cheers,
Carlos E. R.
(from 11.4 x86_64 "Celadon" at Telcontar)
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