Is the Linux desktop really here ? was: Re: [linux-audio-user] ebayguy: looks like he figured it out

eviltwin69 at eviltwin69 at
Mon Dec 8 09:26:17 EST 2003


    The one thing that I would do (I had to do this for my wife because she has to have Excel for her job) is to buy Crossover Office and Crossover plugin so that you can load Micro$oft Orifice and some nice browser plugins.  It's well worth the 70 bucks and then they don't have to worry about format problems.  Of course, you do have to own a copy of Micro$oft Orifice first ;-)  Do you get the feeling that I'm not a big fan of Micro$oft ;-D


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From:	"linux-audio-user-bounces at" <linux-audio-user-bounces at> on behalf of	"Dave Phillips" <dlphilp at>
Sent:	Mon, 08 Dec 2003 08:39:40 -0500
To:	"A list for linux audio users" <linux-audio-user at>
Subject:	Is the Linux desktop really here ? was: Re: [linux-audio-user] ebayguy: looks like he figured it out

tim hall wrote:

>PS: Watching my nine-year old and various friends use my system, I'd say the 
>Linux Desktop for casual users is here, given the availability of technical 
>support. IMX it's the configuration that is difficult, not the installation & 
Hi Tim:

  A few days ago I wrote to the list and recounted a story about setting 
up a Windows 2000 system for some
very non-computer-savvy friends of mine. Well, that saga knows no end: I 
had to go to their house yesterday
and get it going for them again. It's true that they are *really* in the 
dark about their machine, but it's got so
ridiculous that I've decided on a new plan. I'm going to set up a Linux 
box for them and see how they do with it.
These people do very little else but use a Web browser (what they call 
"the computer") so I want to see just how
hard or easy it would be for them to use a modern Linux system. It'll be 
an interesting experiment, and if I have to deal
with the system at least it will be a real OS with real tools and the 
real possibility of actually fixing it if it breaks.
Win2K is nice, but what a vacant system ! I can't believe people have 
paid so much and received so little in return
for their money.

  Anyway, if this experiment works I'll report back to this group. The 
folks using this box aren't music/sound people,
but I do plan on setting up XMMS, RealPlayer, and possibly xine or 
Mplayer for on-line video feeds. Let me know if
you have any suggestions for making it as easy as possible for them to use.

Best regards,

Dave Phillips

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