My family got its first tv during the Apollo 11 launch. That was July 1969 and it was a Zenith black and white console. The whole family was mesmerized by a man walking on the surface of the moon.
In my pc today is an application that captures rss video, downloads movies and tv shows, and manages my multi media files. Miro is an open source, multi platform video manager. It has versions for windows, mac and linux. It can play almost all video formats available in the internet. It uses bit torrent for fast downloads. It checks for new available episodes of your subscriptions. Miro checks Youtube subscriptions (yours) and automatically downloads them in your hard drive.
Miro might just be the killer application that open source is waiting for to lift all other open source software to the mainstream and more. Miro does this without DRM.
When I was migrating from Windows to Linux (Ubuntu in particular) my computer was on a dual boot. I wanted a smooth transition and not sacrifice productivity for the sake of migrating to a new operating system. After a month of that set up, I deleted the windows system and gave the whole drive to Linux. I never worked with windows since.
Now I know that some must have WINE on their systems in order to use particular applications that run only on windows. It can't be helped.
The ultimate success of users hinges on their conscious decisions about using open source software. They can't just sit on the fence. Eventually, they'll fall. Either they fall on their two feet or on their backs, depending on choices they make.
Windows and Linux are fundamentally different. The look, the feel and the way they operate is different. Speaking from the Linux side of the fence now, I have to emphasize on the differences. Linux must succeed on its own merits. Whic…
This is a comment from one reader reacting to the question "Is Ubuntu bigger than Debian now?". I find it well balanced and more importantly close to what I consider true about the whole issue.
I am a Desktop Linux user since 2002. Migratated from Apple Macintoshes (not Windows) to Linux when Apple abandoned MacOS 9 - I got tired of all the forced upgrades on Apple machines.
So I am a simple, "it just works" GUI kinda guy.
I have tried Lindows, Debian, Mandrake, Red Hat, Fedora, Mepis, KNOPPIX, Ubuntu, Puppy, DSL - and a few others along the way. And I have now settled down to what works for me.
Debian in 2002 was impossible for me to set up as a desktop machine with my limited Linux skillset. When I installed straight Debian I just ended up on the command line. I could not figure out what to do, despite searching through the Debian web site. I did get the impression on the Debian web site that Debian was built by technical people for…