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Weblog:   Linux Brings Frustration
Subject:   Furthermore...
Date:   2004-02-08 13:31:15
From:   charliebrown
Response to: stupid individual.

It's not the "fault" of lego.com, et. al. It's the unfortunate consequence of

1. Microsoft is allowed to bulldoze competing browsers out of the market,
2. Web sites that are trying to make a buck make their applications work with the dominant browser, rather than with standards.
3. Microsoft doesn't care about standards, indeed, deliberately skews them and invents their own proprietary features, so that web sites only work with said dominant browser.

It's just the state of things. Also, unfortunately, an 8-year-old will neither understand nor care. I do hope the plug-ins suggestion below works for you. Other than that, is it possible to run IE under Wine, and will those sites work that way? Seems like a long shot, but I would at least try it.

After that, the only other thing to try is running XP under VMWare. Ugh - more money to spend. It's a trade-off you'll have to evaluate yourself.

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  • Jonathan Gennick photo Furthermore...
    2004-02-08 16:03:09  Jonathan Gennick | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Another possible solution is for me to buy a PC with a faster CPU. From what I can tell so far, the issue with the Lego game is entirely one of performance. I'm running on a fairly old box, with a 466mhz Celeron.
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    2004-02-08 13:53:07  thursday [View]

    kenengel: This is true, "unfortunately, an 8-year-old will neither understand nor care". I have seen this myself, people are willing to call something rubbish straight away. Which is understandable if they are used to having everything work fine under Windows.

    I didn't want to mention the Microsoft monopoly. But this is definately a major issue, and also the way that we depend upon so many things which are patented/commercial/closed source, which do not have Linux support because the vendors know that Windows is the most popular platform, and do not see the financial gain in supporting Linux. I personally believe this is one of the major factors holding Linux back in the mainstream, in the end most people don't care what they are using, as long as it works the way they want it to. However, open source always seems to find its way around obstacles, the future is definately brighter. I admire WINE and the Crossover Office suite for enabling my friends to carry on using the Windows software they *need* on Linux.

    I do believe Internet Explorer works under the crossover plugin, but I think it may also work with the free WINE implementation.

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