Re: What it's for
"few governments are actually evil. And most are trying their best to do the right thing, incompetence permitting."
It's not the govts that worry me. It's the evil buggers in the background, controlling the govts.
114 posts • joined 23 Dec 2007
MS is a for-profit organisation strong enough to compel/convince OEMs to bundle MS on their machines.
"Linux", bar a few exceptions, is non-profit "community" that generally doesn't give a damn about "getting on the desktop". You can take or leave it. No Linux user loses anything from your not using it.
The plethora of "Distros" (versions of Linux/GNU) is not confusing. It's liberating. You can choose exactly what you want for the job.
Personally, once I've shown friends and colleagues my Linux setup, they go for it. Disregard the propaganda put out by the CLI ranters. Linux is easier, safer, more flexible than MS or Apple. And it's free.
The few for-profit Linux organisations eg Redhat, Canonical, Novell, are increasing market share, admittedly not always on the desktop.
When did you last use Linux? I guess either never or long ago. The CLI can be found and used, as it can on Windows, but there's no need. Everything _today_ is point & click. It will even live alongside Windows - dual boot - if you still need Windows apps. Wonder over to Distrowatch ( distrowatch.com ) and look around. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
"only a matter of time before they start selling something WITHOUT an OS installed!" Another reason I love Bangkok. Been buying computers for years, dirt cheap, no software installed, then sticking in my choice of Linux. Surprised the "First" World democracies don't offer this option.
Been running Linux for so long I can't remember - don't you need Admin rights to create a new user on Windows? You certainly do in Linux, which's why malware downloaded by a "user" can't attack the system. No "write" or even "read" (in most cases) rights.
How does this malware gain Admin rights on Windows?
I'm afraid you've been reading old stories. Every machine I've had over the past five years running Linux detected wifi out of the box. Even ancient PCMCIA cards can be used with "ndiswrapper" which uses Windows proprietary wifi drivers. The latest Linux distros will handle this automatically. Best to try a FREE linux distro on your machine. No command line, just point-and -click.
Had a similar experience. Burmese NGO got 20 virus-infected W7 laptops that were unusable. I ran Mint 13 MATE off a USB stick to demonstrate Linux. Sold! Installed it on the director's machine in 20 min. LibreOffice does everything he needs, networking out of the box, printing perfect. He went on the install on other staff kit as dual-boot, just in case. Staff, after two weeks, boot straight into Mint. It's really so easy.
But is "Linux" trying to compete? Which organization similar to Apple or Windows is pushing Linux? Maybe Canonical but I haven't seen the ads, shows, Balmer-style antics. .
I'd say most Linux users don't care if others use it or not. They choose a distro' then a version then a GUI then change the whole system to suit their particular needs. That's why individuals use Linux.
What didn't the Chinese understand? They're no longer a Communist economy (only a Communist state). They did the Capitalist thing - charged as much as the market would stand until supply increased elsewhere, then shut down their own excess supply until demand rises later on. A stupid Communist would still be demanding high prices, still mining the stuff and wondering what went wrong. The Chinese are not. QED
I'd be a happy little trader if brokers were not also traders but it just ain't so.
Broker/traders are "testing" the market all the time (HFT alert) with piddly bids and offers that would not cover commission costs. Why would anyone bid for $5.00 worth of shares, knowing they'd pay $10.00 fees? They'd need a 100%+ sell for any profit. These little bids/offers are probes to test market sentiment. I watch these probes trying to drive prices. For me it's a signal to get out. A sucker play, like losing the first hands at poker to a punter.
These probes can inundate a market and distort it because there's no commission loss. It's a free game .
I trade actively on the Thai market in real time. I always know the price of any share I'm buying or selling. If you're shorting you can see the price on the screen (and you're guessing it'll fall), and your broker knows you have funds to cover to an agreed lower price/percentage fall and an agreed future buy back time.
If you don't buy back the shares you sold (borrowed), the agreed market price/time is simply deducted from your account. As for cash on the spot, the traditional payment method is T+3 ie you pay for a Buy 3 days later and receive proceeds of a Sell 3 days later. It allows me to to buy in again immediately after a sell.
That said, shorting is a nasty game because it distorts market sentiment - a big buy at the end of the day could be a panicky shorter buying to get out rather than a confident buyer coming in. Confusing. But fun. And profitable if you're sensible and cautious. It pay the bills.
HFT is for the big money boys (who own brokerages and don't pay commission, well except to themselves). An estimated 70% of all HFT trades take less than a few seconds. Scary if you're a day trader (scary anyway), but no big threat for trend traders like me. Again it's market distortion that's troubling.
"Tux world is a circular firing squad. Doesn't need any help from MS to fail. Just keep on pumping out 800 flavors to confuse the market."
As the unofficial dictator of Tux World let me say," We are not selling, marketing, coercing, conning, finagling or otherwise trying to push Linux on the world. It's there, it's varied, it's free for the taking. And personally, I don't give a fuck if you don't take it because I make a living by other means.
All hail Tux!!!
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