[Lvlug] PC Linux OS 2007
David L. Johnson
david.johnson at Lehigh.EDU
Mon Jun 11 21:31:04 EDT 2007
>> One of linux's strengths is its ability to breath new life into old
>> hardware, Suggesting new hardware seems counter productive to me.
> I completely disagree. GNU/Linux is not some second rate
> operating system that is only good for breathing new life
> into old computers.
Well, that is not exactly what he said. It certainly is true that there
are a lot of nice computers out there which are incapable of running
Vista, but which would indeed get a second, better life using linux. I
do also agree with you that linux is the best choice for many of us from
>> And still growing in popularity, a month ago the Ubuntu irc channel
>> averaged 900 users, and now it is averaging 1100.
> This could be for a ton of different reasons. I wouldn't necessarily
> associate it with growth if I were you although I am not doubting
> that Ubuntu is growing in popularity as GNU/Linux is growing in
> popularity in general.
I think it's pretty clear that Ubuntu is getting a lot of new users now,
especially neophytes who have never used linux or unix before. More
power to them. With the commercialization of Red Hat, it's good to have
a solid, easy-to-use distribution available.
>> I highly recommend Ubuntu, I've been using it for over a year, with only
>> one compliant, there is no way to disable automatic updates. I haven't
>> had any problems with update, but having the option to disable it would
>> be nice.
> Be real- GNU/Linux has allot of positives, but if you've only heard
> one complaint about Ubuntu your completely out of touch with
> reality or haven't talked to too many people.
He seemed to me to be saying that _he_ had only the one complaint. I
would also suggest that not being able to turn off auto-update is a
mistake on their part. I update often, but I want to see what is happening.
I'll add just two to the
> list of issues. Ubuntu's wireless (at least until the latest edition)
> was either buggy or difficult to use.
I think it was early 2.6 kernels that had trouble with wireless, not
specifically Ubuntu. I also think that is solved now.
The distribution also makes
> installing non-free software difficult. No 'one-click' enabler.
I don't get that. You want to install commercial software with one
click? Isn't that a matter of sliding in the CD and clicking on the
proper icon when it shows up? Maybe they don't let that happen, or
require a root password. IMO you should have to su to root to install
anything systemwide, including updating your machine.
David L. Johnson
Let's not escape into mathematics. Let's stay with reality.
-- Michael Crichton
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