Quote from obarthelemy on September 14, 2011, 19:57
I don't know of any netbook that has been successful with Linux; most Linux-variant of netbooks have been pulled quickly, or are limping on with confidential sales.
Not to hear Dell tell it. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2....._netbooks/
And, a former inside source I had had confirmed that and confirmed that they had about 1/3rd the sales for Linux versus Windows on their lineup. While it might be based on personal experience, what you're raning on there isn't so.
Some people who already know how to use Linux have indeed installed or kept it on their netbook too, but almost 0 "linux virgin" people are actually *coping* with Linux on a netbook, let alone actively *seeking* linux.
Depends on which computer branding and WHERE they're buying it from. Most of the "disasters" have been due to highly unscrupulous sales people and clueless people associating "Windows" with a "PC". The intersection of this sort of stuff is where the pain began there.
I think the issue is not so much the OS: the OS is there to launch apps and enable peripherals, and maybe provide a graphical shell.
Okay...what possesses you to think that there will be ARM apps there other than Office, if that?
Well, Linux's shells are different enough to throw off Windows/Mac users. My parents and sister get thrown off when an icon simply moves within the desktop/menu bar, and haven't even mastered the vocabulary, calling "windows", "tables", not finding the tab key...
Heh... Microsoft already did the SAME thing with Vista/Win7 and people flogging this tale keep missing that little detail. Sorry, not buying it. It's the excuse they keep coming up with- but they're doing it because they're telling themselves it's "Windows" so it's easier to pick up, because they've been told so. Seriously.
Above all, the issue is the Apps. Most people *need* Office (I've tried to make do with Open Office while working from home, it didn't pan out, too many import/export glitches even for Word docs); and are also used to a handful of other Windows apps. Alas, there's 0 chance of Windows 8+those apps running satisfactorily on the Pi. Actually, a long-term hope would be for Windows 8 to fail, and smartphone/tablet using people to gradually move to open formats.
Sorry, but people don't "need" Office. If you're not doing idiot "fancy" things, OpenOffice/LibreOffice does quite well. Sometimes even with your doing it. I should know, in the large, I've managed to do things just fine with OpenOffice/LibreOffice in a MS dominated office for over a decade now.
Worse, there's no assurances they'll give you an Office that'd FIT on this machine.
An I'm not about to launch into transitioning the 'rents to Linux. IS there even a good Scrabble game for it ? :-p
I may launch into getting my nephew to start with PCs on the Pi, though ^^
No, but there's really not a "good" Scrabble game on Windows either...
Other games, perhaps...but that's a different rant.