I want Fedora in my future, but is it possible?

Gilboa Davara gilboad at gmail.com
Sat Mar 23 06:13:03 UTC 2013

On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 8:12 PM, Joe Zeff <joe at zeff.us> wrote:
> On 03/22/2013 03:44 AM, Gilboa Davara wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM, Joe Zeff <joe at zeff.us> wrote:
>>> On 03/21/2013 11:29 AM, Gilboa Davara wrote:
>>>> Sadly enough, most people use computers to consume and not produce,
>>>> and out of those who do produce, a large majority only needs a
>>>> browser.
>>> How do you produce with a browser?
>> Are you serious?
> Yes.  Do you expect authors, as an example, to do all their writing in a browser?  Do you expect lawyers to compose their briefs and court documents in a browser? How about accountants?  How about programmers, graphic artists and musicians?  The question isn't am I serious, but have you really given any thought to your position?

Two things:
A. At least in my experience, the software our lawyers, accountants
and insurance people is mostly web-based with locally installed
Microsoft Word or Excel (Both are slowly gaining a credible web-based
alternative such as Office 365, Google Docs, etc).
B. As I said before, I doubt that I'll be replacing vi with firefox
and c/c++ with JS. I assume the same will be true for programmers,
musicians, graphics artist and other "heavy" users. However, please
keep in mind that we are a minority. Most people (both at home and at
work) only use the computer to exchange text information (E.g. mails,
documents, accounting information, fill forms, etc) and light
multimedia files - in which case, the move toward web-based-only
software is -well- under way.
C. You seem to misunderstand "my position". I'm far from being in love
with the idea of cloud computing, and you'll have prey the desktop
computer out of my cold dead hands. *However*, whether I, as an
individual likes this "advancement" is beside the point. The movement
toward web-based computing is here, and there's nothing any of us can
do to stop it.
D. Take a second to consider the web-mail vs. locally installed client
split 10 years ago and today. 10 years ago, a vast majority of the
mail traffic was POP3 and IMAP, today the tides have turned, and the
most of the mail traffic is either business (Exchange, which again, is
slowly being phased out in-favor of outlook.com) or web-based.

- Gilboa

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