[Klug-general] Re: Mark Shuttleworth interview

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Thu Aug 10 14:52:55 BST 2006

On Thu, Aug 10, 2006 at 02:39:22PM +0100, Colin_The_Technician wrote:
> Oh my god, I can't believe you guys can't see the good in this story
> and focus on bashing CH4 because they don't cater for the small
> percentage of Linux users.  Face facts guys over 90% of the world uses
> Windows so it isn't surprising that CH4 has a Windows centric media
> delivery method, like most of the internet.

Just because they do it, doesn't make it right.

Go watch some videos on the BBC website. They are using RealPlayer which -
whilst evil - at least *has* players on platforms other than Windows. 

> I would have hoped people would have focused on the fact that Linux
> and Ubuntu were mentioned on mainstream media. Ok more4 probably ain't
> mainstream, but it is good it is getting mentioned. And just hopefully
> one of those Windows users watching online will think about using
> Linux and Ubuntu and maybe even look for a local lug.

Well it's difficult to tell because I *can't* watch the segment can I?

Besides which how ridiculous would this scenario be.

John: "hey Bill, that's not windows you're running there is it?"
Bill: "No John, it's this thing called Linux I heard about"
John: "Never heard of it, where did you find out about it?"
Bill: "There was this interview that I watched on the Channel 4 website,
hang on, I'll show you..."

At which point it all goes to shit because Bill can't show John the video.

> Lets hope they aren't put off by the radical Linux users and comments.

You consider me suggesting that they use a method of media delivery that is
more open as �"radical"?How odd.

> I am not having a go at you guys but the Linux community on the
> whole.
> I like and use Windows, I also like Linux too.

I made a personal decision some years ago to not run Windows at home. The
decisions that I made were personal based on my experience over the last 15
years or so of Microsoft software and the way they do things as a company.

You have chosen not to do this. That is of course your decision to make. But
don't berate me and those like me for wanting a more open community which
empowers people to use their computers rather than restricts them.


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