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Does a room without Windows have doors?

Filed under: General Linux — at 5:29 pm on Friday, May 15, 2009

I was e-mailed an interesting project from the folks that run AyeTea (Pronounced IT) that I thought people might be interested in. Here is the description they sent:

A Room Without Windows is a new project set to launch on the 1st of June 2009.  Scheduled to last for 31 days, the basis of the project is to take long term Windows users and deprive them of their familiar software.  Our IT lab rats will have one month to find open source software that will replace the function of their Windows based machines.

This is an interesting concept and one that I think will succeed. It will either open or close doors by letting people try out Linux and those that like it will stick with it, and those that don’t will go back to using whatever they were using before, which seems to be Windows. There are two “lab rats” which will be experimented on, I’ll definitely tune into see how it goes.

As far as learning, and replacing everything they do with an open source application, it should not really be too hard. There are replacements for just about everything with the exception of perhaps very popular large cad engines, but again, they’re IT folk so what are they going to be using cad for? Anyway, letting Windows go is sometimes the best way to use Linux and learn. Hopefully they’ll do ok.

So Derek and Blair, you have a DOS background, and you’re going to be using Linux for a month, it should bring back memories. Just don’t be hating if it turns out badly, and try not to lose your job over this.

Full details of the project are available here:

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Comment by Lance

May 18, 2009 @ 11:28 am

This project is a great idea. Most of what I do could be replaced with Linux, however there are a few programs that cannot equally be replaced with a linux app (at this time) that I use.

I could replace my CGI modelling/animation software with Blender, however I’ve just figured out how to use my current software, learning a new one for this does not bode well for my schedule.

Don’t get me wrong, I love linux and will be moved over to it mostly. I will still keep XP either as a dual boot or running in VMWare.

I do believe most people could successfully convert to linux and not miss anything.

Comment by

May 18, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

@LANCE Exactly, that’s part of the problem, people get used to software, and invest time in learning it. Open source alternatives are not the same. Open Office has come a long way, but it is a good example. Open Office works differently and people like to resist change.

Comment by some luser

June 4, 2009 @ 10:15 pm

This is retarded. Linux isn’t an operating system, it’s a kernel.

Comment by

June 5, 2009 @ 11:39 am

I like your anonymous style! While it is a kernel most people refer to the operating system as a whole when talking about Linux. I mean by default if they are going to be using a Linux kernel, they’re more than likely going to be using the Linux Desktop. Same with Windows, BSD or the Darwin kernel.
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