[ILUG] Is Linux dying?
Michele Neylon :: Blacknight Solutions
michele at blacknightsolutions.com
Tue Jul 6 09:58:15 IST 2004
>>> cant download it I can only buy it. But I dont want to buy, I only
>>> want to try.
> I can understand where you are coming from.
> However, you have to hand it to these companies for actually
> seeing the potential of Linux as a desktop OS, and working on
> those parts which need working on.
> IMHO the offerings from GNOME and KDE are still light years
> behind closed desktops like MacOSX and Windows. Ximian made
> great strides towards a usable Linux desktop, however since
> the Novell buyout, you can't download it anymore.
Odd. Maybe you can't download the latest and greatest, but you can certainly
get a usable copy of Ximian at:
> companies which are releasing commercial desktop distro's are
> filling a niche which the community hasn't delivered on. By
> focussing on the little things like open/save dialogs, decent
> file system browser etc, they are making a Linux based desktop OS
> usable. I think the FOSS teams will get there in the end, but the
> companies will be leading the way, since they are more
> focussed on what the non-technical end user needs.
Ximian, for example, is a very usable desktop for a non-technical user. It
may not suit people who like to tweak every imaginable setting, but would
make a very good desktop for an office environment.
Mr Michele Neylon
Blacknight Internet Solutions Ltd
Tel. +353 59 9137101
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