ubuntu FUD masquerading as journalism

An ABC News affiliate in Madison Wisconsin pretends to play watchdog for consumers while spreading FUD about buying machines with GNU/Linux preinstalled. The article claims on behalf of the consumer:

Her Verizon High-Speed Internet CD won’t load, so she can’t access the internet.

Her Verizon High-Speed Internet CD isn’t needed to access the Internet. Like any Internet contract, she would have been given her user details and can easily enter them without the CD. To claim that “she can’t access the Internet” leads readers to a false conclusion. The article goes on:

She also can’t install Microsoft Word, which she says is a requirement for MATC’s online classes.

That simply can’t be true. OpenOffice Writer on Ubuntu will open any of the institution’s .doc files and if (for some absurd reason) the school requires uploaded files to be in .doc format, OpenOffice can do that too. To the credit of the journalist, he apparently contacted the school and they affirmed that she could do her online classes without Microsoft Windows.

Besides the impression that you can’t go to school or access the Internet with Ubuntu, a portion of the “featured video” left me scratching my head. The footage clearly shows this lady working with Ubuntu 7.10. Ubuntu 8.04 has been shipping on new Dells since last summer. Exactly when was this January 2009 article written?


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One Response to “ubuntu FUD masquerading as journalism”

  1. faulkner Says:

    Yeah but think of all the great advertising on the Verizon CD that she’s missing out on because of that OS she can’t pronounce! There were probably a dozen FREE offers just waiting to be dot EXEd on that media!

    The story also says she dropped out of her courses because of this. Anyone dumb enough to do something that extreme shouldn’t be in post-secondary education. The reporter did a disservice to us all by helping her stay in.

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