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Re: Clinging to Microsoft (was Re: [opensuse] Why openSUSE is less popular than Ubuntu?)
On 12/10/2011 09:20 PM, Carlos E. R. wrote:
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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)
Version: GnuPG v2.0.16 (GNU/Linux)


Carlos, great response and how true.

Too bad we (collectively as individuals, groups and corporations) can't band together and demand developer and/or support for Linux - like there is for Mac's.

Example, the bank I currently with - has my mortgage, bank accounts and credit cards - associated all together. Their online banking had several problems with Firefox (under Linux) and I called their support and read them a riot act, stating that if that don't fix this problem, I'm moving my accounts to another bank, And going to tell everyone I see to boycott this bank. Thankfully, they sad that they were aware of the problem - and is was some crap involving MS & IE & Java and that it would just take MORE time to figure out because of the changes MS keeps making to IE & Java. AND, of course, we all know that they really don't support (or don't want to support) Linux in any way. It was only a problem within Firefox & Java.


Duaine Hechler
Piano, Player Piano, Pump Organ
Tuning, Servicing& Rebuilding
Reed Organ Society Member
Florissant, MO 63034
(314) 838-5587
Home& Business user of Linux - 11 years

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