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The Future Of Computing Will Be Good Enough

Apr 23, 2009, 13:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Keir Thomas)

"All of this was good news for the open source movement. To keep costs down, the manufacturers shied away from pre-installing expensive Microsoft products and instead distributed Linux (and later various renditions of BSD and OpenSolaris too). Utilizing the freedom offered by open source, manufacturers joined together to share development costs, significantly reducing their operating system outlay.

"It's no secret that, in the early days of the Good Enough revolution, many users simply installed their old versions of Windows XP on the new ultra-cheap computers. But when Microsoft introduced licensing changes to stop this (a futile bid to force users to upgrade), many stuck with the open source operating system that came on their computers. To their apparent surprise, most found that the open source OS did everything they needed. Just like the hardware, the software was "good enough" (indeed, it was an open source advocate who coined the phrase "The Good Enough Revolution" on the PC World Linux Line blog back in 2009)."

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