Dell's consumer business is quickly being replaced by smartphones and tablets. What's a PC maker to do?
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- Like it or not, Microsoft is THE business platform.Feb 5, 2013
- I'm sorry to disagree with you, but you couldn't be more wrong about the current crop of Linux distributions. Even Ubuntu has spawned off other distros based on it that make using Linux simple enough to be infantile. I also fail to understand the "prettied up" comment. The Linux desktop, for the most part, works (and looks, in many ways) exactly like the Windows or Mac desktops. There are icons, a menuing system and categories of applications, all accessible using a mouse...just like Windows. I fail to understand this belief that modern Linux distros are not "user friendly," whatever that's supposed to mean. Windows isn't "user friendly" either, for that matter, especially that clown show called Windows 8.
I cannot imagine any of the people I have set up on Linux systems, including my 85-year-old father-in-law, ever having to do anything that requires opening a command prompt. Even updating the software on the system is stupidly simple, completed with just a couple of mouse clicks and literally zero user intervention.
Look, I did my first Linux install in 1993, when it was all text-based and I had to install it from a fistful of 3.5" diskettes. To this day, I crack open a terminal and use a text-based file manager like midnight commander...because that's how I cut my teeth. But no one needs to do that. Ever.Feb 5, 2013
- The UI has come a long way since 1983. The only issue that I still see is the patching. With up2dat & yum it is doing better, but still have the same issue most unix flavors have unless your a hardcore user. The only place for M$ is within VMs for me.Feb 5, 2013
- I've used Ubuntu as a daily driver for quite some time. I personally love it and have zero issues with it, but I can find my way around any headaches if I need to. Linux users and distro makers have been fooling themselves for years. I've heard the old mantras for a long time, as have we all. "It's just as user friendly as Windows, OSX steals features from Linux, etc." There's a lot of truth to it, but it really is difficult in a lot of places.
Would the average user be able to install Java on Ubuntu? For you and I, throwing on IcedTea is a snap, but the average user will be frustrated by even this simple task. Also, the UI is still not as polished as something like OSX. It's come a long, long way, but it still has a ways to go. Linux devs can either keep burying their heads in the sand and say it's all MS bias and such, or they can honestly asses the issues that face a normal, average user out there (who will never, ever look up how to fix a problem using a command line interface; nor should they) and get the ball rolling.
Let me be clear: I would love for Linux/Ubuntu to be the dominant desktop platform. I think MS and Apple are resting on the achievements of others (particularly the open source community) and making money on something that ought to be free. They're fragmenting the hardware market unnecessarily and taking control away from the users. That all said, I still don't think Ubuntu is ready for the mainstream. They really need to drop building new features as a main focus and go all-out in making it user friendly (as close to zero learning curve as possible) and pretty; they desperately need some better graphic designers and people working strictly on aesthetics.
It's like Android (great spinoff of Linux). It started as ultra-functional, but a bit clunky. They added more and more features, but the UI was still not as good as it ought to have been. Android faithful would say that it was fine, Apple was stealing ideas from Android, and the UI had come a long way (all true statements). But then Google went all out on aesthetics for ICS, and boom! Android took over the market. Not just because of ICS, I know, but it's now known as a premium product, and it's open source. I'd love to see Linux proper follow suit. Ubuntu is a step in the right direction (a giant leap, actually), but you're kidding yourself if you think it's all the way there. My opinion, but the market backs it up.Feb 5, 2013
- I guarantee you they won't go online to some "random" forum and seek advice from the experts for something as simple as that; they'll just throw their hands up in frustration and get a Windows machine. It kind of pisses me off that people are so lazy with their electronics, but it's a fact. Organisations likeneed to realise this; they're so close to making a mainstream product, but not quite there yet. I think they need to maybe have some outside eyes bring some objectivity to the table, like Google did with .Feb 6, 2013
- have you ever actually seen Ask Ubuntu website? There is even a Unity Lens for it now (which should probably come standard in Ubuntu)Feb 6, 2013