This is what you get for slamming Ubuntu – a whole lot of comments and passionate Ubuntu fans going after you. But ultimately I think Ubuntu’s just not ready for people who do not want to change their habits. It’s largely different from Windows and there is no point persuading people to go Ubuntu just because it’s free. This is a response to the previous incident where a lady’s college dream was smash just because she can’t get internet working right in Ubuntu.
UPDATE: Thousands of viewer comments, phone calls about Ubuntu computer story
Ubuntu fans read our story and linked to it on Linux fan message boards and other technology blogs. By Thursday morning, several major technology websites featured WKOW’s article on their front pages.
That’s also when the comments – many of them angry, rude, and hateful – started pouring in.
Many Ubuntu users also wrote very personal attacks about the young lady who was having trouble using the operating system. They called her “lazy,” “a dumb girl,” and “not worthy of a college degree.”
The young woman also contacted 27 News to report she’s being harassed on her Facebook account by Ubuntu users.
This story has gotten so much attention, computer experts are calling us.
“They’re mad because it puts Ubuntu in a bad light,” said Adam Wiesenfarth, a technology consultant at UW-Madison.
“If you’re not a computer tinkerer, and you’re not willing to do research and digging, it may not be for you.”
Meanwhile, Dell contacted 27 News to say its representatives would contact the young woman to help her deal with her computer situation. (Source: WKOW)
I mainly use Windows Vista for my daily work because of Office 2007. I log on to Ubuntu sometimes to work on web development. And recently I installed Windows 7 for kicks. It’s prettier and I like the fact that now there is a shortcut key for maximize – Win+UpKey.
According to WKOW TV, Abbie Schubert recently ordered a Dell laptop, expecting “your classic bread-and-butter computer.” But when she unboxed the $1,100 machine that arrived, she didn’t find bread and butter. She found Ubuntu.
WKOW TV called Ubuntu “an operating system for your computer similar to Windows that runs off the Linux system.”
“It’s been a mess,” Schubert said. “I regret ordering the computer.”
She had never heard of Ubuntu. So she called Dell. Dell said there was still time to replace her Ubuntu. Then Dell told her not to. “The person I was talking to said Ubuntu was great, college students loved it, it was compatible with everything I needed,” she explained.
So she kept Ubuntu, then decided that Ubuntu doesn’t always work like Windows. Her Verizon internet wouldn’t load. She couldn’t install Microsoft Word. And she said without Word and the internet, she couldn’t take online classes at Milwaukee Area Technical College.
So she dropped out of the college’s fall and spring semesters. (Source: The Register)
She’s quite unresourceful it appears. First time I heard someone accidentally buying Linux. Never purchase a computer without knowing what you’re buying. Get a friend who at least know something.
Wikipedia which ran a mixed of Red Hat and Fedora Linux servers are chosen Ubuntu Linux.
Wikipedia adopts Ubuntu for its server infrastructure
The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind the user-driven Wikipedia project, is in the process of migrating its servers to the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Wikimedia’s move to Ubuntu is part of an effort to simplify administration of the organization’s 400 servers, which previously ran a mix of various versions of Red Hat and Fedora.
Wikimedia’s entire collection of web sites—which includes Wikipedia, Wikisource, Wikiquote, Wikinews, and several others—serves up roughly 10 billion page views per month. At its peak, traffic can sometimes reach 50,000 HTTP requests per second. The organization’s hardware budget to date is roughly $1.5 million, and it spends $35,000 per month on bandwidth and physical hosting. All of its technical infrastructure is managed by a small IT staff consisting of only four paid employees and three volunteers. (Source: Arstechnica)
This is good new for Ubuntu which has in the past experience slow adoption rates with their server flavors. I am glad to add that this blog is powered by Ubuntu Hardy.
Okay, on less exciting new – Java is finally fully open and free and without any proprietary code.
This week the IcedTea Project reached an important milestone – The latest OpenJDK binary included in Fedora 9 (x86 and x86_64) passes the rigorous Java Test Compatibility Kit (TCK). This means that it provides all the required Java APIs and behaves like any other Java SE 6 implementation – in keeping with the portability goal of the Java platform. As of writing, Fedora 9 is the only operating system to include a free and open Java SE 6 implementation that has passed the Java TCK.