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Re: Opinions on new PDA please

  • Subject: Re: Opinions on new PDA please
  • From: "Martin" <nospam@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2006 20:22:02 +0000 (UTC)
  • Newsgroups: uk.comp.sys.palmtops
  • Organization: BT Openworld
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"Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
> __/ [ Martin ] on Sunday 05 March 2006 12:07 \__
>> "Chronos" <chronos@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> news:due88b$hd7$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> After replacing longgone@xxxxxxxxxxxx with a small shell script on
>>> Saturday 04 Mar 2006 22:37, the following appeared on stdout:
>>>> Like I say, I use both, and for productivity and throughput m$ wins
>>>> for me always.
>>> As I have said before, that is you prerogative. I certainly wouldn't
>>> advocate people switching blindly from Windows to Linux, BSD or MacOS.
>>> Martin is quite correct when he says that if Linux had a larger install
>>> base it would attract malware. The same holds for the others. Indeed,
>>> MacOS vulnerabilities have started to appear and Linux has had a few
>>> worms in the wild for a while.
>>> Again, it's all about choice, but IMHO the one place that Linux falls
>>> flat on its back is too damn many choices confusing the user. I can't
>>> see it attracting that many Windows users away from the platform in its
>>> current, diverse and disparate incarnation.
>>> MacOS is a step in the right direction for Unix-like OSen, but again it
>>> has the drawback of vendor lock-in and specific hardware. BSD is just
>>> too CLI-oriented for the pointy-clicky users of today, although PC and
>>> DesktopBSD are coming along nicely. DesktopBSD is perhaps the strongest
>>> of the two since it uses a GUI front-end to the entire ports
>>> collection, giving the user access to some 14,000 applications from the
>>> word "Go", including OpenOffice.org-2.0, KDE-3.5.1, GNOME-2.12 and
>>> Firefox-1.5. I did find myself dropping to the console to do one or two
>>> things when I tried it last, though, so it's not finished by a long
>>> stretch of the imagination. Still, it is currently only a testing
>>> release.
>>> Bottom line: Horses for courses. If you can at least acknowledge my
>>> decision to run a Unix-like OS as my primary desktop without thinking
>>> I'm some sort of loon obsessed with Makefiles and configure scripts
>>> [1], I can do the same for your Windows desktop and be quite happy
>>> doing so.
>>> [1] Actually, that's a bit unfair. I do compile my entire system from
>>> source, so I suppose I am a Makefile-obsessed loon <g>
>>> --
>>> Chronos
>> I put it to the analagy of the keyboard. Most of us in the west tend to 
>> use
>> a QWERTY keyboard, yet this layout was chosen to stop mechanical print
>> hammers from jamming. Yet why have we never changed? People have brought
>> out keyboards with layouts that allow faster typing, but by and large
>> they've failed. I look at Linux in this way. Whilst it might offer
>> benefits, most of us are happy with what we use and don't see the need to
>> change.
> As I said before: refusal to change and, before you know it, you lag 
> behind
> and remain in the past. Novelty has its benefits. For example, are you 
> still
> reading pages or do you syndicate hundreds of them using RSS?
> You are very stubborn, but I have seen you softening as this thread moved 
> on.
> Best wishes,
> Roy
> -- 
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Er I don't think so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I still take the same view that Linux won't become mass market on home PC's. 
Where have I changed my view?


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