__/ [Thomas Wootten] on Thursday 03 November 2005 23:57 \__
> Quote from my supervisor
> "yeah pretty much everyone [uses Linux]. We need to do work"
...Same with people in the maths, computer science and maybe physics
(don't know it well enough) departments here in Manchester. Scanning for
viruses (or the arguable yet fun word 'virii') does not count as work.
Linux still appeals to the technical community as it /understands/ its
true value. Unfortunately, to very many academics (particularly in the hu-
manities), Windows is a combination of Outlook (for interaction), Explorer
(for browsing journals) and Word (to write some stuff and publish).
Little do they realise that, sooner or later, that browser leads to the
'demise' of their data (which of course is /not/ backed up). That tool
they use to write their paper is inferior to LaTeX and it /shows/ -- in
print, that is. Lastly, good luck ever migrating your diary and mail data,
which is stored in proprietary format.
Has nobody in COLA mentioned Singularity yet? Windows is so flawed, Vista
was re-built from scratch and even Microsoft recognised the need to start
from ground zero. When Apple did this, taking Darwin and discarding OS 9,
look what a good product they ended up with
(replace $ with 's', they don't need links)
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