Monday, June 14, 2010

Linux Monday: Big News from Dell

Linux Monday: Big News from Dell

The big news out of Linux Land is from major machine maker Dell, which, in a top ten list of Things You Should Know About Ubuntu, explicitly states: "Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft Windows. The vast majority of viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed to target and attack Linux."

The VAR Guy writes:
It takes guts for a major PC maker to state — in black and white — that Canonical’s Ubuntu is safer than Windows. The move will surely ruffle some feathers in Redmond, and The VAR Guy wonders if Microsoft will come calling to pressure Dell to retract the assertion
Three or so years back Linux was the driving force in the then-new netbook market, and one even saw Linux netbooks at big box stores until Microsoft 1) pressured and 2) adapted: keeping XP alive and lowballing the price to machine makers to cut in on the Linux netbook marker, while at the same time quickly scuttling Vista and rolling out 7.

So this is a big, big development that could put Ubuntu on a lot more desktops.

In other bad news for Bill, the Google campus bans Windows and, of course, Roxanne Conlin wins the Iowa US Senate nomination.

For those lusting after iPads, Shogu is a Linux alternative.

And here's a sketch of four kinds of Linux users. I fall between the third and fourth kind.

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