Tecker 911

Episode 14: Ubuntu

Posted in All Posts,Episodes by Plaz on the July 3rd, 2007

Michael Gdovin and JD Dorfman show you around this alternate operating system based on Linux. Ubuntu is perfect for users with basic needs because it’s friendly and easy to use. (5:04)

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  1. Stojance said, on July 7th, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Limited! I’d say YOUR BRAINS are limited. You have no idea what most GNU/Linux distributions can do!

    If Evolution is limited then I’ll chop my head off! Evolution is far more better than Outlook.


    GNU/Linux IS NOT FREEWARE! There is a big, huge, difference between freeware and open source! Freeware means free as in beer, not as in freedom! But GNU/Linux is free as in beer and freedom!

    Gosh, I hate your show!

  2. Alex Latchford said, on July 9th, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Howdy guys,

    I have been watching the shows for the past few months, I am actually an Ubuntu user, I must disagree with your closing statements about feature limitations..

    There are a lot of ‘features’, but what Linux in general lacks in free drivers for hardware support, so many items such as webcams, specialist cards and even such basic things as dual screen set-ups, however we are working on that for Gutsy (https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/ spec/displayconfig-gtk).. The back-end works from X.org, but we are working on a GTK front-end to match the current one available in KDE 4 I believe..

    I also disagree with the statement of what open source was, you stated it was to look at the code and provide comments, a better description is that is allows people to collaborate on any aspect of a project..

    Thanks, Alex :) .

    PS.. Keep up the informative talks, really nice to see a balanced variety of technologies going into an online videocast.

  3. Plaz said, on July 13th, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Hey Alex. Thanks for commenting on our show.

    We try to present information to primarily a noob-based audience, and try to make recommendations based what a noob would see. I agree with the benefits of Linux and open source software. I even run my own GNU GPL project SeniorQuoter (http://seniorquoter.org) and use open source software inside many of my web projects.

    However from a noob perspective desktop Linux doesn’t “just work”. It sure is getting there and in a few years, through the hard work of the community, it might get there. However, today I just can’t recommend Ubuntu and Linux as a total Windows replacement for your average user, which is who we target on Tecker 911 (we are even show on our local public access channel).

    Michael Gdovin (one of our hosts) actually used Ubuntu as his primary operating system for several months. Unfortunately he is choosing to switch back to Windows, because he “wants stuff to just work”. I agree with him. There are some places were open source software really outshines commercial competitors (like on servers – all of my servers run Apache and MySQL – we use WordPress to power the Tecker 911 website; and Firefox).

    Also about the definition of open source, I think you put it better ? Thanks for contacting Tecker 911

  4. Hemant Savant said, on October 7th, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Hi Guys,
    As the video is done on July 2007, I do agree to some extend about the ‘Limitation’ argument but as of today I would totally disagree. If you compare Windows Vista to Ubuntu 9.04, the ubuntu certainly does way more out of the box.

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