Tuesday, January 10, 2006

This is the year...

I ran across this article, "http://www.linuxlaboratory.org/index.php?title=2006_is_NOT_the_year_for_Linux_on_the_Desktop" while browsing one of my favorite sites, http://lxer.com; and though I agree with the general tenor of the piece, I wish to take exception and state why 2006 is the year of the desktop for me.

I recently dumped WinXP from my laptop and install Ubuntu. Yesterday's post explains it: http://www.blogger.com/posts.g?blogID=13881323. The combination of an ever increasing bogged down machine and the constant rebooting after applying MS updates and patches forced my hand. This laptop, though not spanking new, is less than a year old and I feared GNU-Linux wouldn't work but Ubuntu did the trick; right out of the box, if I may add.

I updated the Hoary distribution to Breezy Badger by simply following the instructions in the Hoary 5.04 release notes; presto, this laptop rocks...

But I do agree with the author about the disparing lack of software in some areas. http://fredmt.blogspot.com/2005/12/service-please.html is one such area that desperately need attention but I can only hope these areas will be address by entrepenreur and to that end, I do promise to lend my financial support: buying their product is the least that I can do.

I have six (6) computers in my house; five desktops and one laptop. Four have Linux on them and the other two just sit idle; sort of a reminder to a monopoly. So for me, 2006 is my year of the desktop and this is how this war will be won: one user at a time, one computer at a time...

There will never be a year of the GNU-Linux desktop and it will be over by the time, some journalist recognizes it. So take solace and cheer up guys, for apart from being in good company, I cannot think of any other place that I would rather be: I like these odds...

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