Four Reasons to Avoid Ubuntu

I’ve spent recent days praising Ubuntu’s simplicity. My $1,400 investment in a screaming Dell machine running Ubuntu was money well spent. But I also realize Ubuntu won’t appeal to all users. In fact, I can think of at least four key reasons why many Mac and Windows users won’t want an Ubuntu PC. Here they are.

4. Business Application Users: Yes, a lengthy list of server applications from Oracle, IBM, etc., run on Linux. But consumers who run mainstream accounting, financial and other desktop applications could be out of luck with Ubuntu. Also, many hosted Web conferencing services only work with Windows.

3. Software Drivers/Printer Support: This is a big issue. Many consumer printers and other peripherals simply don’t support Linux. This is changing, gradually, because companies like HP truly believe in Linux. But in the vast majority of cases, driver support arrives first on Windows, second/sometimes on Mac OS and third/if ever of Linux.

2. Windows Gamers: This isn’t an issue in our house. Our kids live on our Xbox 360 and typically don’t have much interest in Windows-based computer games. Yes, Linux supports a wealth  of games. But for true PC gaming, your best bet — by far — remains Windows.

1. iTunes: My son, a third-grader, can’t live without iTunes. When he uses our Windows PC, it’s typically to manage songs and move tunes between the PC and his iPod. If anyone has found a way to make iTunes work with Ubuntu, I’m all ears. In the meantime, my son continues to live on our Windows system.

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  1. If all he does is move music onto his iPod, there are a number of programs under linux that can do that. If he downloads stuff from iTunes as well, that’s harder.

  2. Regarding peripherals, these pages might help:

    Printers

    http://openprinting.org/printer_list.cgi

    http://www.linux-foundation.org/en/OpenPrinting/Database/SuggestedPrinters

    Scanners

    http://www.sane-project.org/sane-mfgs.html

    Webcams

    http://mxhaard.free.fr/spca5xx.html

    Note that in Ubuntu you have to compile the GSPCA driver (I know not why), but as I wrote on http://members.shaw.ca/Limulus/feisty.html its actually not too hard:


    install packages linux and build-essential. Now extract the downloaded source code, run a Terminal window from that directory and run the following commands:

    make
    sudo make install
    sudo modprobe gspca

    (the latter command is needed each time you reboot)

    Its not out-of-the-box, but it does work.

    Regarding iTunes, Wine doesn’t seem to run the latest Windows version (see http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?appId=1347) but I’ve heard that Amarok can do the trick. Its a KDE app, but it runs just fine in Ubuntu (gotta love a good package management system that takes care of the dependencies for you :)

  3. hmm agree on some things but itunes has a Better alternative IMHO, and im nearly positive you can make and older version of itunes work under wine. Also wine lets you play many games too

  4. Hi Folks,

    Thanks for all the guidance. The iTunes guidance is especially welcome. Yes, my eight-year-old son downloads songs from iTunes … so while banshee may let him rip songs from his iPod there doesn’t seem to be a Linux/Ubuntu solution that allows him to download music/movies from iTunes. For the foreseeable future, it seems like he’ll need to use our Windows machine — until we replace it with a Mac ;-)
    – Len

  5. This title is a little misleading. How is this specific to Ubuntu? Your title should have been “Four Reasons to avoid Linux (for now)”. I thought you were another disgruntled user with nothing but negative things to say about this specific distro. It’s not really fair to single out Ubuntu – it does a disservice to the distro (because your readers will think this is specific to Ubuntu), and to your readers in general (again, because they may not know anything about Linux and think Ubuntu is the only distro). That being said, they are valid reasons for some people to not use Linux but the situation is getting better.

  6. Let’s see… you’ve got some points. But since Ubuntu is the version of Linux that most aggressively targets consuemrs, I think it’s ok to single out Ubuntu for these four shortcomings — thougn, as you point out, all Linux distributions suffer from these shortcomings.

  7. Songbird Media Player is probably going to be the best alternative to iTunes when it gets ready for the masses. It lets you buy music from various non-drm web shops and the interface is not so different from iTunes.

    Take a look:

    http://www.songbirdnest.com/

    Regards, tactus.

  8. Hi there – Response to the four reasons: ( so your son will love ubuntu).

    There is a GREAT (better than Itunes and super intuitive) program preinstalled on the Ubuntu system called RhythmBox. When you plug in an IPOD through the USB, it automatically pulls it up, and if you click next enough times, you’ll see the same things you see in Itunes, only streamlined, faster, and nicer. Email if you have any questions on how to use.

  9. Your comments are unreadable from this linux machine. Please fix that. The fonts are too damn small. Our ituens problem was solved by decrypting the songs (from windows) and using medibuntu packages of Amarok that let you edit aac tags (and play aacs). Amarok also transfers to the ipod. Cheers.

  10. You may also consider (especially since you are not gaming in Windows), running Windows as a Virtual Machine (VM) within Linux. Both VirtualBox and VMWare Server are free VM solutions you could use. This is similar to how current Mac users use Parallels Desktop to run Windows apps within Mac OS.

  11. Hi Folks,

    Thanks for all the comments. I wanted to be clear on one item: Some of you suggested that I run Windows as a virtual machine in order to have iTunes support. With all due respect, I want to avoid Windows touching my Ubuntu box — period. I don’t want to jinx the system with MSFT code.

    I considered the virtual machine option. But ultimately, I decided not to go down the Windows path again.

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  13. There’s a commercial software suite called CrossOver Office which can be used to run iTunes, Photoshop, MS Office and many other Windows applications on Linux. It’s based on opensource Wine but the compability has been further improved.

  14. If you want to play video games install cedega. Wow and Guild Wars run better on my linux PC believe ti or not. if you want to print buy a printer that is compatible with linux in the first place. HP printers work out of the box with Ubuntu no Dirver intallation or bloatware to install is necesary. I think your review is biased.

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  16. You do know the difference between Ubuntu and Linux as a whole, right? As another commenter said, I thought this post was going to be describing four downfalls of the Ubuntu distro. You have, however, pointed out generic Linux ‘problems’.

    4) I didn’t know IBM and Oracle weren’t mainstream. Do you mean to say you only consider MS and their products to be mainstream? _Of course_ you won’t be using the exact same software as you are on Windows. There are, however, usually very good free alternatives. As for ‘hosted Web conferencing services,’ that sounds like an IE compatibility issue rather than Windows. Try IEs4Linux.

    3) There is no such thing as ‘software drivers’, as you put it. What you meant to say was “hardware drivers.” Aside from that, Linux supports a very wide scope of old and new printers through the Gutenprint project (formerly GIMP-Print). They don’t support everything, but every printer I’ve run into has worked (they mainly focus on inkjet printers). So, don’t rely on manufacturers to support your printer; look within the Linux community.

    2) Everyone knows this. No one will buy a Mac for playing games on, either. If you’re a gamer you will use Windows. It’s a very trite argument to use, mainly because it’s common sense to whom it applies. Great efforts are being made in the Wine project for games, as well as paid versions like Cedega.

    1) Rhythmbox or GTKPod can be used for playing/syncing an iPod’s music. If he’s bought DRM songs on iTunes Store, you can burn them to a CD-RW as an audio-disc, then rip them back to a non-DRM format (AAC, MP3, etc.) That is a tedious option, but it’s there.

    Please learn more about Linux (or Ubuntu, as you think it is called) before writing about it. These aren’t reasons to avoid Linux, either. When migrating to any different OS, there are always compromises.

  17. useless advise. I switch over to ubuntu and performance is so much better. i,e, speed and load up. and if there is a business program i can’t run on ubuntu I have a dual boot solution(ubuntu/windows). wrt itunes there are various virtualization softwares to help you out i.e. vmware ( in the process of doing an ipo; parent is emc (buy recommendation) . the writer is very mis inform and writes with lack of experience. . my homework is ubuntu base and I will never return to windows or ever buy an apple pc.

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  20. You can download Itunes using Sharp Musique but the package is only available for Breezy at the moment. It never failed for me but I have ditched Itunes. I thought you would like to know it’s possible. By the way there are more reasons to use Ubuntu than Windows, mostly that you do not have to pay hundreds for a crappy OS and then have to get permission to change hardware in your computer.

  21. I agree with the author at least on one aspect. The hardware support is VERY lacking. My dad has an old laptop without ethernet and the USB Ethernet Adapter he got doesn’t work natively in linux so i got the kernel module and tried to install it and it refused to install, so i decided to install Debian (another distro i love and am very familiar with) and the module compiled and installed perfectly. From this, i decided to take a look at Ubuntu and i realized that the Ubuntu devs have the kernel hacked up so badly that most 3rd party modules that are not in apt can’t be installed. That’s really sad in my opinion and i think the devs need to get their shit together and remove some of the ridiculously bad code they implemented.

  22. Thanks for a thought provoking article.

    Don’t worry about using VirtualBox or VMWare to run Windows on your Linux machine. It cannot get infected as the VM is running as an image in memory only and interaction is limited to file copying. You can set up a change root jail account if you are really worried. This will make your machine look as small as the jail account to any crackers, and is easy to clone and replace each time you start it.

    I install VirtualBox and Feisty on all my friends Windows machines, saving the snapshot of their open browser and email client so that they can do their Internet activities in Feisty without having to worry about Windows worms etc, and immediately return to the active page when starting the VM without having to go through the boot process. It’s very quick.

    If you install VirtualBox make sure you have the compile software and kernel headers, as it compiles a daemon module to make it work. If you install the binary, once you have installed Windows and started it, you can install the extensions iso, which will let you share a folder with Feisty to save anything you download.

    You have to do this with some VirtualBox CLI in a terminal WHEN the VM is STOPPED. You can also activate the CD-ROM and USB devices in the Settings before you start the VM and can use the bar menu in a running VM window to unmount and remount these devices. If you haven’t installed the extensions, use the Right CTRL key to untrap the mouse pointer so you can use this feature.

    I have found VirtualBox to be extremely easy to use with understandable documentation, although I have found that getting USB to work under Win2K is a nono. Still the standard file sharing works a treat, so I can use Win2k to get it onto the USB stick. There is also the option of using the TUN network device to enter a full CIFS network, but I haven’t got that to work on win2k. Maybe XP is better at it.

    On Feisty everything works just dandy. I use it to test other Linux distros without having to install them. Just watch out for control key sequences that may affect the host window instead of the VM.

    My friend next door uses his iPod on Feisty. He reckoned it worked as soon as he plugged it in, although he doesn’t use iTunes. He says Feisty does do all the album collection stuff properly, something that the previous Ubuntu version didn’t. He’s got dual boot, but prefers Linux to Windows, especially the multiple desktops and virtual screen zoom feature for looking at his digital photos.

    Many of my friends use Linux exclusively, except for PC games, when they dual boot to Windows. I remember that the MS Flight Simulator game was how the IBM PC got into people’s homes back in the ’80s. The circle is complete as it goes out with the same use.

  23. iPods break way too easily, get another player that works as usb mass storage – I use iriver devices and they just seem to work.
    Allofmp3 works like itunes, but costs less and is not drm’d.

    Just my 2 cents.

  24. All of those problems are mostly because negligence from the companies who make that software. My bet is that when they realize just how many users are switching to GNU/Linux they are all gonna start doing versions for it.

    It’s not like if those were programs done payless by people in their spare time.

  25. yes you need to do a little of homework before buying hardware, but you should be anyway.

    yes you will also need to use alternative pieces of software.

    I’ve never seen a good reason to use iTunes anyway even on the pc, maybe its time to instruct your 8yo in how to be more discerning.

  26. iTunes is all about DRM. A better solution is to load rockbox onto your son’s iPod and never use iTunes again.

    Games: If these games are more important to you and your son than freedoms 0-3, you and he have bigger problems to worry about.

    Business Applications: Not sure what you mean by “Mainstream Software” but I assume you’re probably talking about non-free junk like Quicken and the like. Regardless of the application’s specifics, it’s important to always follow this simple approach:

    1. Hunt for a freedom granting alternative (this may require more effort than a simple Google search)

    2. If no freedom granting alternative exists, consider writing one yourself or paying one or more developers to do it.

    3. If not willing to “scratch the itch”, admit to yourself that the non-free solution is not really as important as you once thought it was and simply drop it like a bad habit.

    Basically, the issues listed above seem to just scream “Ubuntu is different and sometimes requires me to do more than be lazy”. Rather than cry about these nickel & dime issues, how about taking note of the big picture as it relates to the freedom to copy, improve, and use for any purpose, the software in question and show some damn appreciation!?

    Thousands upon thousands of developers all over the world have provided you with usable software at little or no price and you’ve got the nerve to compare it against a platforms that are purposefully designed to tear away at our society’s freedoms?

    You’ve got some nerve!

  27. You can get iTunes running with wine i do believe its an older version but not too old. I have personally used it with my Linux distro Sabayon. I dont truly know if it works the same on Ubuntu but i dont see why it wouldnt. I use Amarok and Banshee for my ipod.

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  29. This article’s considerations are limited in scope – many of the users I know, do not depend on the issues that were mentioned here. This acticle states incomplete facts – availability of software and support of hardware are not as described. The title is misleading – the mentioned problems, if problems at all, appy to all Linux distributions. I am disappointed – little more research and a broader view would have been well invested.

  30. This is (like all computer tech) a matter of catch-22.

    Because binaries cannot be reused (for stupid egotistical reasons, IMHO) work needs to be done to support anything other than the Windows platform.
    work = money.
    95% users on Windows = lots of money.
    5% other = not lots of money.

    So, to get to your post, to tell people not to use Ubuntu (or any other distro) keeps the catch-22 going – no users – no money – no app/driver – no user – no money – etc etc.

    What you say is true, but it doesn’t help; rather also provide solutions.
    ie Ask vendors to support Linux – dont buy overpriced iPods – use printer and devices with Linux support – play games on your PS or grrr XBox.

    Personally I dont think users can change the current computer tech scene – its the work of big corps. IBM, HP, Google, Dell etc that will have to get really fed-up with MS and start seeing money spent on Linux is a longterm investment.

  31. You don’t need iTunes – most of the Linux media players (e.g. Amarok) will quite happily rip CDs into AAC format, and transfer music back and forth between a Linux computer and an iPod.

  32. A better title for this blog would be “Four reasons to keep Windows Around.”

    None of what you describe is a reason to avoid Ubuntu, but rather a reason not to throw your Windows investments away (if you fall into one of the categories described). There is a big difference, as all consumers who could affort to have Windows and Ubuntu (including dual booting or through a VM) would benefit by having both to get the better of each one. Your title seems to imply that Windows only is better than Windows and Ubuntu: clearly an inaccurate statement from the point of view of most users. Keep both if you can benefit from either.

    Additionally, Microsoft has done more to improve its products with Linux turning up the heat than before Linux was a threat. So let’s add real juice to the oven and roast the turkey. We don’t want no stink’n half-raw turkey.

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  34. Business Applications. I am going to take a guess here, but the three applications that people *think* they can’t live without when I install for them is Quicken, Photoshop and Media Player.

    KmyMoney2 – take it for a spin, imports/exports to QIF and is a joy to use over Quicken. More than good for the home user doing his finances.
    GimpShop – It is a re-skinned version of GIMP, make to look and feel like PhotoShop.
    Amarok – Once people see what it can do, Media Player is a distant annoying memory. It is, imho, the best media player ever created, for any OS.

    More details would be nice, because every problem ever encountered has been resolved by someone running Linux.

    TripleII

  35. I think this is hysterical!

    First I see the 5 reasons to get Ubuntu article, and note that there’s only -one- single comment on there and there’s not a shred of someone supporting Microsoft who’s telling you possible routes to resolve the differences with Windows XP or Vista.

    Then I look here and see 49 posts, most of them with qualified and perfect resolutions to resolve almost every reason ( albeit only four reasons), and then going above and beyond by recommending further help.

    This is the primary reason I think Ubuntu will be further exploding with users. The Ubuntu community is more than enthusiastic to go the extra mile to help people out and offer very intelligent solutions…and for Free!

  36. Well this is diggbait if ever I saw it. Well done for spreading bullspit to the wider community. There are a whole plethora of business apps for linux, games run under cedega and wine, more peripherals work with linux than with windows despite manufacturers not making drivers for linux and you don’t need itunes to use an ipod.

  37. All of the points raised are fair enough, however the main reason I like Linux and similar systems is that it doesn’t put any restrictions on the users/developers, meaning that if there really is demand for something then sooner or later someone can come along and implement it (I know many people have commented about current fixes to these problems, but I think in many cases any user action at all is too much), and for that reason I think using the term avoid is inappropriate. Avoiding something would mean not getting close, not taking a good look. It would be appropriate to use the word if you had a problem with any of the ideology of the system (like some are saying about Novell/SUSE, Linspire, Xandros, etc.) or if the developer or user community had done something inappopriate/offensive/disturbing, etc, since these are long-term aspects which are in some cases fundamental to a distro (proprietary software is fundamental to Linspire, so avoiding Linspire due to that would be reasonable), but using the term “avoid” about short-term bugs isn’t really fair, since potential benefits might be lost due to users avoiding Ubuntu or Linux based on advice about, for example, lack of printer support. Initiatives like that of the Linux Standard Base to create a unified printer driver architecture, guaranteed to work on all LSB-compliant distros (every major distro supports LSB), even including an online system for getting drivers unavailable by defalt, look like more than adequate fixes for such bugs, so avoiding Ubuntu or Linux in a year or two because of fixed bugs like that would be unfortunate.

    Here I think the term should be “be cautious about” or even “be skeptical about”, since getting someone to switch under false pretences of complete hardware and software compatibility, for instance, would drive them away when this is proved wrong and I would prefer a few who like Linux and a mass of those indifferent to a few more who like it and a group who are against it, since those indifferent won’t get clouded judgement whenever they do give Linux a try (if it takes longer then that is not a bad thing, since Linux is improving every day and thus the longer it is put off the more impact it will have).

    I know it seems petty, but an Ubuntu-based blog citing bugs as reasons to steer clear of Ubuntu is a bad thing when those bugs aren’t being neglected or anything, when Ubuntu can instead be pushed with caution to try and improve the lives of those who would not have problems.

    Warbo

  38. The problem is that your son is downloading and paying for a music format that only plays on Apple’s software or hardware. Last time I checked, mp3 played on everything. Why would a person do pay for, or even use aac when mp3 exists? It makes no sense at all. The best thing for your son to do is start using mp3.

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  40. aah.. please.. don’t say iTunes as a reason to stick to windows or mac..
    Linux ‘s got GTKPod and GNUpod…
    GTKPod’s got a stunning GUI and GNUpod is efficient char. user interface to load songs in your ipod..
    best part is you need not even format your ipod into ext file system… fat32 will run well…
    trust me.. if you use GNUpod… the char user interface is so cool and easy that you wont go to itunes again… u’ll just need to type very few user friends commands..

    Yes.. drivers are still a major issue with Linux…
    And games, Just the way you can’t run Tux racer in windows, you can’t run age of empires in linux..

  41. Regarding printers… My sister bought me last month a Brother DCP 540CN as a birthday gift and it works FLAWLESSLY. Brother has open sourced all their printers’ drivers and everything works out of the box: it prints everything, even in photo paper, the scanner works like a charm under xsane and I can’t be happier: I’m beginning to see more and more hardware brands seem to be taking GNU/Linux into account (I almost cried when I noticed Brother even released them open source), and even the salesman told my sister he was sure it worked under GNU/Linux and where we could get the drivers, so I think it wasn’t the first time he answered that question.

    As for the games, everything I’ve tried the last 3 years under wine has worked… but I usually don’t play very recent games, so maybe I’m cheating a bit ;-) .

    I don’t own an iPod so I can’t tell you anything about iTunes and all that stuff…

    And lastly, commercial software. Some friends of mine have tested their old apps (cash programs and the like, usually old apps they are really tied to) under Wine or VMWare. They are all happy and two of them have made the definitive switch since (I’ve seen it “live”) Wine performs better than Windows for these two apps.

    As a long time GNU/Linux user I really think the gap right now is almost non-existent. And yes, Ubuntu is helping a lot…

  42. I don’t accept this four reasons is no good reason to avoid a good distro wich keep updating to user needs. I am using ubunto latest distro 7.04 64 bit edition, it out performs XP in the same machine. certain solution are not available ready to use but iti s 100% certain that a solution exisit.

    as sami had said cross over office could run many window based software on linux machine.

  43. You can either use Windows if you cannot be bothered searching or tweaking, or Linux, if you want to do nothing but search and tweak…

  44. Your hardware driver point is not correct. Yes, manufacturers don’t write linux drivers, but most devices work with a generic driver, and those that don’t, tend to get a linux driver after a few months. BUT!!! What happens later, when M$ put out a new version of doze? Your printer, camera, scanner, and whatnot are now old products, and the manufatcurers do NOT provide you with updated drivers because they profit more by forcing you to go out and get a new device. But those linux drivers, once written, keep on goin’ on. So much perfectly good hardware gets junked simply because the owner is NOT using linux. You want the latest oddball device today, then true, you’ll most likely get a doze driver for TODAY’S doze. But it’s self defeating because if you go that route you’ll be buying new devices year in year out, and filling up your local rubbish tip.

  45. Yes, Gtkpod works as a replacement for ITunes – and you can get songs off an ipod with it as well, whereas Itunes restricts you from doing this unless it’s the computer that it was loaded from in the first place.

  46. Greetings,

    I’m a bit surprised by your reasoning. Granted, Ubuntu by default, may not currently do what you desire. However, I urge you to look at the brighter side of things. Commercial closed and patented software require you to be bound by various laws that tie your feet together while you walk. This isn’t the case with open-source or free software. If something isn’t available now, it will be sooner or later. If you have the skill to make it, please join in and do contribute–you’re very much welcome to do that.

    Legal issues and non-cooperation from commercial closed-source shops make it difficult for the cooperating free software world to integrate. Nonetheless, developers try very hard to get around these issues by reinventing and rewriting from scratch many layers and interfaces that help you integrate well with proprietary software.

    I do not ask you to stop using proprietary software–many times, that is simply not feasible. You need to realize that by extending your hand toward the free software community, you are effectively helping it improve and help you back in return.

    I urge you to not give up and ask for help from the community instead of creating flame wars. We can get a lot more done if we work together as a team.

    Regards,
    Yesudeep.

  47. People, its only an article. After reading all these comments i have a headache and I feel slightly depressed. The last comment has some good advice. Work together and don’t behave like a 10 year old who didn’t get his shiny red bike for christmas. Damn you santa.

  48. @ OP

    it’s quite clear that you’ve not tried any solution before writing

    and also that you try to use GNU/Linux with a Windows-user attitude

    so you are wrong, my friend

    if you want the out_of_the_box thing, just stick with Windows and you’ll be happy

    but do not talk about things you do not know ;)

  49. WTF!!!!!!!

    I wan’t to make a comment on your 4 points.

    4. The problem is habits. I’ve been a Windows user since i was 4 years old. Now i have 25 and i’ve changed to ubuntu since the feisty version. And i can assure you that it’s only a matter of habits.

    3. I had some problems with some of my peripherals, but linux users have spent a lot of time breaking there heads to solve some of the most common and not so common problems. There is always someone with the same problem, and nearly always someone has a solution. Love XXI Century, google and the new fresh brains… XD

    2. Sorry, but i think you don’t know wtf is going on with the games in pc’s. If you install great games such as Quake I, II, III & IV, Wolfenstein Enemy Territory, F.E.A.R, and many others i can show you a benchmark done with my computer under Windows XP SP2 and Ubuntu Feisty running Beryl and you would discover a new world. Laugh about windows and it’s 2 billion services running when you only wan’t to play a game. LOL

    1. I’ve got an ipod and iTunes sucks. It eats your memory ram and a huge amount of cpu when you encode from/to your ipod. For windows the best application would be Foobar with foopod included and if we are in linux, please take a look at amarok. One more thing, do you know that iTunes does’n work when you want to move only one, or two files from any peripheral. That means that if you want to delete some files or change them, edit them or anything else you are going to find a big problem under iTunes. On the other hand, what you get with foobar i can’t explain it, it’s orgasmic… :P … And when you arrive to ubuntu, and you meet amarok!!! WOW I love it’s search bar, it’s like a google of my 120 Gb of music…

  50. I don’t see this as 4 reasons not to use Ubuntu / Linux.

    I see this as 4 areas where businesses are putting their heads in the sand, hoping Linux will just go away, and missing out on a huge opportunity while doing so.

    Folks have used the “brush-fire” approach with Linux since 2000, hoping that if they just starve it long enough it will snuff itself out. But if it was just a fad, it wouldn’t have gotten to where it is.

    Linux has grown leaps and bounds WITHOUT their support, imagine how fast it would take off WITH their support. If they’d just start with Hardware driver support and Services (again, like iTunes), the rest will follow.

    As for games, I personally feel that’s a non-issue, since most gamers play on game consoles. Sure, a computer can play games, but the computer is like the Industrial Revolution…all this stuff came together on it in the beginning, making it the must-have house-hold appliance. But now you have phones that do email and task management, iPods/mp3 players that do music (and video), and game consoles that play games. Specialty appliances provide users alternate choices to their computer, and this is where Linux is really stepping in, since it’s a prime candidate for most folks to use for embedded devices.

    As for Microsoft, Apple, etc…I really don’t care about OS wars. All I care about is vendors being stupid in a capitalist-sense, and turning their back on a growing market. Someone’s gonna swoop in when they’re not looking, then they’re gonna come crying later, wondering why they’re not a part of the huge Linux buzz.

    And then what…is Microsoft & Apple gonna lobby congress to bail them out, like the airlines do whenever they fall short on funding?

  51. Thanks to CrossOver Office I have on my computer that’s running Ubuntu Studio 7.04 the following programs:
    Adobe Photoshop 7 and ImageReady 7, Microsoft Office 2003 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio), Internet Explorer 6, and Macromedia Studio MX (Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks).

    But, I must say, I hardly ever use any of them any more. I have found very suitable open source replacements for them. The only pay software I use for Linux is Pixel, which is only $35 bucks, and does just about everything Photoshop does.

    I also found early on that if you want to run Linux of any flavor, HP computers and peripherals rarely ever are a problem. I have 3 HP’s just right now, and all three run Linux. Also, all three use HP Printers, Scanner, and Copiers.

    It may take a bit more work to get a free operating system running when you don’t know how to use it, but once it’s up and running, you’re set. It’s well worth the effort. My wife and even my 5 year old son love Linux and neither has had any issues using it.

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  53. My only real complaint is that 2, 3, and 4 are general categories and number 1 is one specifc app of dubious value to most people. Lack of iTunes is hardly a reason to avoid Ubuntu when there are equivalent apps that do the same thing. Or, for me, I just copy folders and songs to my Creative Labs player and keep it real simple.

  54. I removed Vista for Ubuntu on my 17 year old daughter’s laptop. She loves it. She does everything she wants on amarok with her ipod and creative mp3 player. Her friends are little jealous because they can’t run it on their computers. She also loves the ease of working with her photos and sharing things with friends. My son saw her having so much fun with it that he deleted Windows XP and moved to Ubuntu. He has been using it for the past year, and he too loves amarok, and in his words, “itunes sucks!”

  55. this author of this article is a **** head, you can use amarok with your ipod, and soon they will have a larger amount of music in their store. You should look into stuff before you bitch off about it. And Itunes can be used w/ crossover office, which costs. And there are some games which can be installed in linux, like Unreal Tournament

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