Ubuntu New SiteI was just browsing through some of the Digg articles and two Linux-related posts caught my attention. The first being that both the Ubuntu homepage and forum has received a very nice looking redesign. It not only looks classy but the layout is much better in my opinion.

For those of you who have short-term memories and can’t remember what it looked like, this archive of the Ubuntu homepage may get the gears turning in your head. Similarly you can pull up an archive of the Ubuntu Forums which used a lot more brown before. While the brownish color is the central scheme of Ubuntu, I think they were smart to use it a little more moderately throughout the entire site.

Now onto the next story I saw on Digg. I’ve used Linux in the past, but apparently I never knew how it worked. In order to use Linux you actually need to run Windows behind it, or so one commenter on a ZDNet blog thinks:

I dont see how this will happen at all.

Vista is far more powerful than windows XP, and runs twice as fast. It is also much harder to pirate, and this point more than anything else has the Linux crowd in a panic.

It wont be long until Windows XP is no longer supported, and when that happens, what is Linux going to do ?

Linux will have to find a way to work under Vista from here on, since it wont be able to rely on XP being readily available anymore.

Linux may seem like a good alternative to Office, but all that is happening in linux is that the windows interface is cleverly hidden away. It still needs the drivers and software services in order to run, and in most cases – that happens WITHOUT a valid windows licence.

This is just plain piracy.

Vista will finally put an end to this blatant abuse of intellectual property, and linux should decline, taking the pirates with it.

Anyone that supports the continuation of Windows XP in place of Vista surely has a hidden agenda .. and you will surely be caught out.

And he didn’t stop there, he then went on to say

Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and without any services ?

That sounds preposterous to me.

If it were true (and I doubt it), then companies would be selling computers without a windows. This clearly is not happening, so there must be some error in your calculations. I hope you realise that windows is more than just Office ? Its a whole system that runs the computer from start to finish, and that is a very difficult thing to acheive. A lot of people dont realise this.

Microsoft just spent $9 billion and many years to create Vista, so it does not sound reasonable that some new alternative could just snap into existence overnight like that. It would take billions of dollars and a massive effort to achieve. IBM tried, and spent a huge amount of money developing OS/2 but could never keep up with Windows. Apple tried to create their own system for years, but finally gave up recently and moved to Intel and Microsoft.

Its just not possible that a freeware like the Linux could be extended to the point where it runs the entire computer fron start to finish, without using some of the more critical parts of windows. Not possible.

I think you need to re-examine your assumptions.

Now I normally don’t laugh about things other people are not knowledgeable about, because even I have a lot to learn. However, this person took it a little too far. Had he stopped after one sentence it wouldn’t have been as big of a deal, but he kept going on and on. About 5 minutes of research on Linux would have told him everything that he needs to know.

In the comments above I put a few things in bold that really sent me to the floor laughing, and the fact that he said Apple gave up and moved to “Intel and Microsoft”? Uh, they just switched processors and some hardware…but the last I heard they aren’t in any kind of agreement with Microsoft.

Of course, I don’t read the news very often so maybe I am just completely off the ball? ;)