this is also why I don’t get why people pay for an OS. More than 90% of what people do with their computers they could do for free with Linux. Think about it! Most people I know use their PC for the following:
- Internet. Single biggest use. Chrome and Firefox are browsers for EVERY platform
- Office applications. If people weren’t so damn paranoid that if they don’t have MS Office or else they can’t work with anyone else, then they would realise that they could use LibreOffice or the Calligra Suite
- Media applications: VLC, VLMC, Banshee and XBMC fill all the media roles I’ve ever seen. Banshee even used to sync your music library with all digital media players before Apple pulled some DMCA you’re-breaking-it-by-not-using-iTunes bullshit and locking iPod/iPhone to their product iTunes. It still syncs everything else. Banshee also is compatible with Amazon’s mp3 store
- Photo applications. Assuming you aren’t a trained professional, you probably do not need to be using Photoshop. You can probably make due with Gimp (its new single window mode is a huge improvement). If you’re a novice photo editor you can probably use Krita (part of the Calligra suite), or Shotwell for simple touch-ups. Picasa also runs very well in Linux via Wine. For illustrating, if you aren’t a professional who needs Illustrator, you can probably use Inkscape or Karbon (part of the Calligra Suite). If 3d is your thing, there’s Blender
- Email. See Internet.
The only things I can think of you can’t do (well) with Linux are:
- sync your iPhone. Things are a little bit better now that iPhones don’t need to be connected to a computer ever if you choose so.
- Game, at least not in 100% of cases. Some games are available for Linux and steam is coming to Linux, but not all game work. Play on Linux apparently works pretty well at getting most to work
- Webcams. Webcams are hit or miss. Either they work perfectly or they don’t work at all. Do your research before buying a webcam for use with Linux
Can anyone thing of anything else that people commonly use their computer for that isn’t included here??
KDE-based linux distros DO NOT look like windows 7. Windows 7 looks like a KDE-based linux distro. KDE4 is a year older than windows 7. I’m tired of hearing people say otherwise
Everything You Need to Know About Windows 8 in 8 Minutes (by lifehacker)
U Jelly aapl?
Picture password has got to be the WORST idea I have ever heard of. I don’t even need to watch your fast keystrokes to get your password. All I have to do is watch what 3 things you click and I know your password. It protects absolutely nothing
Edit: finished watching the movie and am still unimpressed. Here’s why
- task manager still falls short of what I use a task manager for. Replace it with Process Explorer. Now THAT is a task manager
- touch interface in a desktop environment? Excuse me while I throw up. Not looking forward to supporting this
- App store…..Never seen one of those before
- lots of rehashed old functionality here. YOU CAN TOTALLY HIDE COLUMNS OF INFO YOU DON’T WANNA SEE!? THE FUTURE IS HERE!
- you mean I can scroll and switch applications? get out! no seriously, get out.
- reset and refresh? How is this different than system restore? Even if it IS different, it better fucking work unlike that god damn system restore because it is fucking useless
- on the topic of refresh/restore, why not make an OS that doesn’t get infected with malware bullshit in the first place. As it stands now, some malware apps delete system restore points. I don’t see how refresh/restore is going to help when they delete refresh/restore points instead.
- not included in this video: this mouse without borders bullshit. I already have that. It’s called Synergy + NAS (network attached storage)
Guy starts with windows 1.0 on a machine and procedes to go through upgrade procedures all the way to windows 7… SWEET JEEZUS!! WHY!?!?
Here is my opinion of this picture, as someone who does IT for a living and deals with a lot of PC bullshit on the day-to-day in order as the stuff appears on the right
1. When you buy a pc spec’d the same as a high-end mac, but it costs a lot less, guess why that is? Its not because its a pc and pc»>mac. Its partially two things. First some PC manufacturers make their pcs from low-end components to keep them cheap and appealing on the price aspect. That’s fine and all, but you won’t be so happy when one of the capacitors on the motherboard pops and your otherwise fine computer no longer works and requires an expensive repair or replacement. Second, pc manufacturers love to have the hardware subsidized by pre-installed shitware. This shitware is almost always useless, and needlessly trashes up your computer from the get-go. It’s the first step towards terminal windows rot.
2. Configure any pc and you’ll notice the same thing. Processors cost the same regardless of the system they’re going in. How exactly does one assign a value per gigaherz anyway? With multiple cores, more gigaherz doesn’t even translate to more operations per second. Also, along with the speed increase, you may also be getting an increase in on-processor cache memory. THAT will certainly make a noticeable difference in performance because the fetch-data-from-RAM operation is one of the biggest bottlenecks in computer performance.
3. Same goes for PCs here too. Its how all manufacturers try to squeeze a profit out of a system. Smart buyers for PC or Mac should always buy low, upgrade later.
4. I don’t know who the fuck needs RAID at any level for a home PC. You’d do better to be responsible and back up your data yourself then deal with this headache. RAID is for the enterprise, not the home user.
5. Here we go again with how PC manufacturers do this too. This infographic is not compairing prices apples to apples (no pun intended). You can’t compare the price of hardware as shipped in a pre-assembled machine and the price of the individual component, especially from a discount electronics store because you’ll always find the same thing.
6. Yes, newegg has cheap components. we get it. either build your own fucking pc or shut the fuck up.
7. ps not everyone wants to game with ridiculously good graphics on pc. Thats why I got a console. I don’t need crazy graphics in my computer. For me lower-end graphics card DOES make sense, so I’m glad its an option.
8. apple’s drive fits in a very tight space, the $20-$30 variety are large and boxy, suitable for large towers. There’s your price difference explained.
9. LCDs are expensive. no getting around that and 24” is HUGE and 30” is ridiculous. I’m not surprised at all.
10. then don’t buy Microsoft products? Or at least don’t buy them with the system? What happened to newegg comparisons? What does MS Office for Mac go for on Newegg? Come on, I want to know….Anyway, there are plenty of alternatives to MS Office ranging from free to less than MS Office.
11. Obsolete how? Even if the hardware specs are not top of the line in a few years as one would expect with any piece of hardware, at least it still runs well. That’s more than can be said about a PC running Windows. Microsoft has yet to fix the problem of “windows rot”, which is very often the reason why people upgrade pcs when the hardware is still quite capable of functioning for years to come.
*I have a tower PC I built from parts I built from parts I bought on newegg (it runs linux) and an aluminum unibody macbook
Long story short, If you want a top-of-the-line computer and you don’t want to pay a lot for it, build it yourself or stfu. If you can’t build one yourself then I question your need for the processing power.