Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Linux for housewives; XP for geeks?

No, you did not read the title wrong... This is a sign of the times... very interesting article on ZDNet -> http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=342

It references a quote from Taiwanese retailers from Nikkei Electronics Asia (an online report):
"...novice PC users there, like students and housewives, tend to buy the Linux version of the Eee PC701, while geeks go for Windows XP."

What is even more interesting is one of the comments left a Mr Flude, his research into the definition of the word "Geek" and in relation to the statement above... had me laughing my head off and (seriously) rolling on the floor... gelakguling here goes:
"geek
Pronunciation: \ˈgēk\
Function: noun

1 : a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
2 : a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked
3 : an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geek

"Retailers and contract manufacturers in Taiwan say that novice PC users there, like students and housewives, tend to buy the Linux version of the Eee PC701, while geeks go for Windows XP."

The Taiwanese are referring to groups 1 & 2."

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