How hard is it to use Linux or Windows? I’ve said it before, something is not easy just because you already know how to use it. Most people find Windows easy because that’s all they’ve ever used.
This excellent little article takes a look at this very thing and compares the ease of playing a video on Windows and Linux.
The NSW Government is considering putting Linux on the laptops for students as a part of the Rudd Government’s “Education Revolution” plan. Good idea!
But you know what will happen, Microsoft will step in and offer XP and Office for cheap (or perhaps even FREE), in order to stop Linux from gaining any momentum in the market. They will also offer discounts to NSW Government Departments on their Microsoft products, if they don’t adopt Linux on these notebooks.
The Victorian Government struck such a deal and as a result, laptops with Windows are cheaper than the Linux version – which comes with a free operating system!
How do you complete with that?
Who isn’t making netbooks these days?
Toshiba has announced a new netbook called NB100, which comes with Linux (Ubuntu 8.04) or Windows XP.
Samsung has announced the NC10, which comes only with Windows (at this stage).
Asus has also released the N10, a new notebook based on the Atom – but is not calling it a netbook. It comes with 2GB RAM, NVIDIA graphics and 120GB hard drive. Oh, and it runs Vista, so I guess we can see why it needs more grunt.