2008 is the year of Linux on the desktop

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| …At least in the Pilgrim family.
| Over Christmas break, we did a three-way computer upgrade: my sons got my
| parents’ old Mac, my parents got my old desktop, and I got a new desktop. Of
| course I’m still running Debian Sid (I just moved my old hard drive to the
| new computer), but the big news is that my parents asked me to migrate them
| to Linux. They are now happy users of Ubuntu 7.10 with Firefox, Thunderbird,
| Picasa, OpenOffice.org, Amarok, and gnome-games.


Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 6400

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| So four days ago my girlfriend informed me that her laptop totally b0rked.
| Blue Screen of Death on boot.
| [...]
| Hopefully, another GNU/LINUX convert is in the making...



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| Early this month, Mark Pilgrim made waves when he went shopping for a
| new Mac, but decided not to buy one, and, in When the bough breaks, wrote
| at length about switching to Ubuntu. I've been thinking about this a
| lot recently, and now John Gruber's written And Oranges, a fine excursus
| on Mark?s piece. I'm pondering the switch away myself, too, and maybe
| sharing my thoughts will be helpful. [Update: Lots of feedback on the
| state of the Ubuntu art.] [Update: More from Mark. I feel sick,
| physically nauseated, that Apple has hidden my email--the record of
| my life--away in a proprietary undocumented format. I've had this happen
| once before (the culprit was Eudora); fool me twice, shame on me. Hear
| a funny sound? That's a camel's back, breaking.]
| [...]
| Will I Switch? · Yes. For Mark?s reasons, and because I'm pretty darn
| sure that either Ubuntu or some other distro will eventually get the
| key things right.
| Alternatively, Apple could open-source a few of their apps so we could
| all fix the pain points, and they could start having an actual
| conversation with the world. Nothing less is acceptable.
| As John Gruber points out, neither Mark nor I are exactly typical.
| But you know what? I think that if the GNU/Linux/Solaris community
| can sustain its current level of energy and progress, and if Apple
| maintains its dysfunctional communications culture, there are going to
| be better choices just not for me, but for a lot of other people too.