- From: Eric Lindsay <NOwebmasterSPAM@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2009 14:43:41 +1000
In article <C58E87D0.2C3CB%nicknaym@[remove_this].gmail.com>,
Nick Naym <nicknaym@[remove_this].gmail.com> wrote:
I've heard (here and there) about such open/free systems, but, quite
frankly, I don't understand their appeal to anyone but (forgive the
expression) "gearheads." Why, for example, would I want to install Ubuntu on
my iMac, which already is running under a "polished" Unix-based OS?
Perhaps I'm being myopic and just haven't given it enough thought (which
seems likely;) ), but I simply don't "get it."
I can not see installing Ubuntu on my iMac. If I want a Unix tool, most
of them are available under OS X.
However my partner has installed Ubuntu on both her Dell laptops, and on
an Asus EeePC. She regards Ubuntu as a great advance over Windows (which
she didn't want on the PCs in the first place). Mind you, every now and
the she grabs my MacBook Air (that is my only Intel based Mac) to test
something or other relating to OpenOffice on the Mac. So far she has
managed to use Ubuntu without ever doing command line editing of files.
It sure looks to me like Ubuntu is getting very close to a system you
could recommend to non-technical people who just want a computer to
work, and have older hardware or hand-down hardware.
Let's face it, a Macintosh is not a cheap computer system. If you do not
use a computer extensively, a Mac may not fit your budget. This is
especially so in a world in which somewhat obsolete PC hardware tends to
be given away or thrown out. I see a lot of people getting computer
hardware from garage sales or even from the dump. Nothing much wrong
with it, except it is a bit old. Ubuntu makes a fine fit on an under
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