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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post

    The oem's would be delighted if there was a viable alternative to Windows.
    There are..... Linux Mint for PCs. Really comes as close as possible to Windows 7, more secure as well, and very plug and play friendly now. The only other trick is getting Adobe, and others on board.

    The biggest OEMs should just jump ship NOW. HP, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo. With the top OEMs defecting to Linux Mint it would encourage other major software providers to make sure their software operated efficiently with it.

    I really like Windows 7 but if Windows 8 has NO user choice to default boot straight to the desktop each and every time without first being assaulted by metro, I'm done with Microsoft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    The difference this time is that people are talking about the Surface. To me, a Surface is more of a status symbol over an ipad because that tells the world that I am an original hipster balancing practicality and uniqueness at the very same time.
    Well, perhaps I should put you in touch with the folks in my company who are preparing to equip our traveling sales people with MacBook Pro's as they feel that the Apple's present "a more sophisticated look and feel that will make us more professional in our appearance". They honestly feel that they are not taken seriously when they pull out a Dell running Windows, but would present a much more professional image pulling out a MacBook Pro.
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    That would depend on your field, and what is living on that laptop. Also, it depends on the security and manageability of the device as well - if the device doesn't need to be managed centrally or won't store anything critical to your business locally, it's probably a good choice if cache is important. However, Macs are really hard to manage centrally overall, and encryption options exist but lack enterprise-ready scale or options compared to their Windows counterparts.

    Again, that might not be important, although there are Windows devices nowadays that aren't Dell bricks with a cord either . I like MacBooks myself, but getting work done securely in a highly-managed environment precludes the use of a Mac, period, outside of VDI scenarios.
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    Quote Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post

    The oem's would be delighted if there was a viable alternative to Windows.
    There are..... Linux Mint for PCs. Really comes as close as possible to Windows 7, more secure as well, and very plug and play friendly now. The only other trick is getting Adobe, and others on board.

    The biggest OEMs should just jump ship NOW. HP, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo. With the top OEMs defecting to Linux Mint it would encourage other major software providers to make sure their software operated efficiently with it.

    I really like Windows 7 but if Windows 8 has NO user choice to default boot straight to the desktop each and every time without first being assaulted by metro, I'm done with Microsoft.
    Sigh...

    Linux Mint (or ANY OTHER FLAVOR) is simply NOT going to replace Windows until several huge software vendors and ALL the hardware vendors get behind it /first/. And then you need a MUCH larger company to do a MUCH better job on look and feel, support etc than 99% of the Linux distributers. We will in effect need another Apple to come along and MAKE Linux useful enough with enough clout and power to force hardware and software vendors to take notice and THEN it might be the "Year of Linux" but.. none of that is happening at all right now and there is no sign of it starting any time soon.

    Now that said, I do think that there is a small chance that Winodws 8 could actually provide a toe hold for some of that to start, but even then it would take 5-10 years before the changeover could be completed. And frankly, I can;t really think of anyone that can take the reigns ala Apple style to make it happen. Hmmm... If IBM could get over being the stodgiest company in existence, they might... maybe. But probably not :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Linux Mint (or ANY OTHER FLAVOR) is simply NOT going to replace Windows until several huge software vendors and ALL the hardware vendors get behind it /first/. And then you need a MUCH larger company to do a MUCH better job on look and feel, support etc than 99% of the Linux distributers. We will in effect need another Apple to come along and MAKE Linux useful enough with enough clout and power to force hardware and software vendors to take notice and THEN it might be the "Year of Linux" but.. none of that is happening at all right now and there is no sign of it starting any time soon.
    Not to mention, that even if said distribution came along, you would have to get the majority of the community to agree and start to use it as well. Trust me, trying to get a single accepted standardized way of doing something in the Linux open source community is simply not going to fly. The claim to fame is the openness and the freedom to do what you want and how you want to do it. The Linux users would rather never be popular, than conform to 1 way.
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