Monday, March 9, 2009

Presto

The Presto operating system looks to be a good alternative for Windows users. It is basically a slimmed down Linux distribution that comes with commonly used applications that Windows users would be familiar with. By commonly used applications, I mean what the good majority of office employees would use on a day-to-day basis.

The Presto operating system looks like it would be quite painless to install and is very reasonably priced.

The main reason I'm interested in Presto is not to use the software myself, but at the prospect of more open source users. I'm already using 100% open source software every day. But I only reached this point after years of lost data and experimentation to see how open source components fit together. I think this could be one of those jumping off points for many folks who hear a lot about open source and would like to try it out.

Something else I find interesting is in the slashdot entry about the operating system. Presto doesn't mention the fact that it is based on a Linux distribution. Is this a clever marketing-ploy? Marketing-ploy? Yes. Clever? Absolutely yes.

I think that hiding the intimidation of "Linux" may be a good thing for their target audience.