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?