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Apr 19, 2010, 15:32 (0 Talkback[s])


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

"Y'see, wonderful though they are, each of these awesome Linux distributions comes with a hidden price for all that ease and convenience. Each is run by a single "benevolent dictator" who makes several choices for the user. Ordinary users don't care. They just like their free (as in money) software, and the freedom from the relentless vigil of maintaining Windows with all that expensive bloatware that requires a substantial investment of time as well as money. That is fine for those folks, and I'm happy to share those wonderful ready-made Linux distros with them. It really does work for most "Windows refugees," and they are as content to use them as the majority of automobile buyers are to drive automatic cars with power windows and power brakes. Stick-shifts are for "the more mechanically inclined." And I dare not look down my long geeky nose at them as though they were content to remain "on training wheels." But they really do have more choices than they know, and they need not simply gratefully accept what is handed to them. XCHAT, for example, is configured in Linux Mint to take you automatically to a single IRC server that hosts the Linux Mint channels. Yes, you can work around it if you know how, but most newbies don't, and if they want to chat about something other than Linux Mint, it takes a bit of work to find their way to a favorite server and channel. The same applies to Firefox's default search engine in both Ubuntu and Linux Mint. And to Ubuntu's Software Center. And Linux Mint's Update manager."

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