"I'm not much of a hardware geek, but I must admit that my new
laptop is a real beaut. A Sony Vaio, the PCG-XG28, with enough
candy to bring tears to the eyes of even the most casual computer
user. DVD drive, 128 megs of RAM, a gorgeous TFT display, a 12-gig
hard drive, and a carrying weight of 6 pounds (sans DVD
drive)....it is to die for. I acquired it this past weekend--the
same time my family acquired a seven-week-old Golden Retriever--and
I must admit that I don't know which I love more: my shiny new
laptop or my perfect puppy."
"...I know from monitoring the newsgroups that by and large the
components of the PCG-XG28 are supported by Linux, including the
NeoMagic graphics card and the Rockwell internal modem. So I
naively assumed that Linux installation and configuration would be
a breeze. Naively."
"Now, I'm not going to argue that I'm a hardcore techie, but I
do know my way around a Linux system, and if it took me that
long to find an installation and configuration option that included
some commercial applications that are not easily available to the
average Linux user, imagine how an average user new to Linux would
react. More than likely they would have given up relatively
early in the process. They wouldn't have had a couple of Linux
distributions to choose from, and they wouldn't have known enough
about the intricacies and obscurities of X to fiddle around as I
did with both commercial and noncommercial applications. It was
a sobering reminder of how far Linux has to come before it's a
truly mainstream, commercial operating system that can fit the
needs of the great unwashed masses. We need to remember that
as far as operating systems go Linux is still the equivalent of my
seven-week-old Golden Retriever puppy: barely housebroken, still
leaving little surprises throughout the living room, sometimes
unruly, but with a massive growth potential."
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