Mata keranjang adalah hal yang tabu untuk dilakukan ketika kita berkomitmen untuk menjalin hubungan serius dengan pasangan maupun ketika telah menjalani perkawinan. Namun dalam hal pemilihan Gadget maupun pemilihan Operating System (OS), saya kira bermata keranjang adalah wajar 🙂 bahkan sangat-sangat dianjurkan untuk dilakukan 🙂
Bosen ama Windows XP? Vista sering hang? Why not try MAC OS X? Ok. I know that Macbook (Pro) is (SUPER) expensive. Why not give a try to the latest Ubuntu version (9.04 Jaunty Jackalope)? For your consideration, it is free and full of powerful features! 🙂
Why should we bother persuading other people to try Ubuntu? Isn’t it enough that the option is there if we want it? Why do we have to be so obsessed with beating Windows (or Apple OS X) all the time? These are the sorts of things I have heard some bloggers say. In response, there are four main reasons we should encourage Ubuntu’s growth on the desktop. Please read below description 🙂
INCREASE SUPPORT FROM HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE PRODUCERS
The key idea is critical mass. Once Firefox gained critical mass, the web browser war re-ignited, the Internet became a much better place for developers to work in, and the cost of web hosting plummeted once you could use non-Microsoft technologies. Even Internet Explorer users have benefited enormously as Microsoft has had to play catch-up.
Similarly, once Desktop Linux reaches a certain level of usage, it will be too big for hardware and software producers to ignore. This will mean better drivers, and more native Linux versions of important applications. This is already beginning to happen.
REDUCE COST OF COMMON SOFTWARE
Software has reduced enormously in cost. In late 1980s, Wordperfect 4.2 for DOS cost me NZ $ 1500. Now the equivalent sum would get me a good desktop PC plus a small notebook – including all software. Open source software, such as Ubuntu, has accelerated this trend. Large software companies do not have a natural right to hyper-profitably, and software becoming a commodity is great news for consumers.
ENCOURAGE COMPETITION AND INNOVATIONS
HOW TO PROMOTE UBUNTU :
Yes, a careless or gullible user can compromise the security of any computer system, but Windows is too risky for the common desktop user. All things being equal, Ubuntu will provide them with much better security. I have seen numerous Windows machines so infested that they ran like 286s. Computer use has increasingly become Internet use, and Ubuntu is perfect for such a purpose.
The real price of a Windows machine includes the hardware, the OS, the applications plus all the protection you need to buy (to prevent the machine being taken over). Then, there is the constant work of keeping the security systems up-to-date, and running the various checks and tests. The Total Cost of Ownership is much higher than it may seem.
Already, Linux is having an impact on the cost of software. The option of Linux on netbooks has substantially limited Microsoft’s ability to extract monopoly profits from XP on the same platform. It will be interesting to see what impact this ultimately has on OS pricing.
Community is one of the best things about Ubuntu. The helpfulness, the positive attitude, and the sense that people don’t help other people only for money.
Ubuntu has lots of top-class applications available, including Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice, GIMP, VLC, Pidgin, Inkscape, RhytmBox, Transmission (BitTorrent) and Brasero (CD burning) etc. Did I mention they are all free?!
Desktop Linux is not the complete answers for everyone. Not all Windows applications run successfully under Wine, and sometimes there are no native Linux alternatives, especially for specialist business applications. This is less of an issue now that virtualisation is viable for the ordinary user, but will still be an issue for some users.
Desktop Linux matters, and promoting Ubuntu is currently the best way to support that. (Yay!!) 🙂
About the Author: Grant Paton-Simpson is software developer fromAuckland, New Zealand, with a PhD in Sociology. Married to Elizabeth with 4 lively children, and customdatabase business (http://www.p-s.co.nz). This article has been published in Full Circle Magazine (FCM) Issue #23 March 2009.