Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Apr 2006 21:18 UTC
Novell and Ximian Linux on desktop computers will begin taking off in mainstream markets in the next 12 to 18 months, Novell President Ron Hovsepian has predicted. Linux has been widely used on networked computers called servers, but it has comparatively little success on personal computers, beyond technically savvy users. Many companies have argued the open-source operating system is on the verge of breaking out in PCs and have been proven wrong. But Hovsepian sees some changes that he believes make the market ripe.
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RE[3]: Home Desktop Market
by grat on Tue 11th Apr 2006 03:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Home Desktop Market"
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Autopackage is at 1.0.9, btw, and works great on Suse. Which is what Novell cares about. All that remains now is for people to package their apps.

And curiously, Novell is pushing their build system to make creating linux apps easier. You'd almost think someone within Novell sat down, drew up a list of why linux will never succeed, and has been whittling down the list.

By the way, regarding RPM's, managing RPM with YaST isn't really that bad, especially if you stick to the "provided" apps. I'll grant that RPM has issues, but apparently you never had to deal with some of the more infamous windows .DLL files, where each vendor had their own set, and their versions frequently conflicted.

My current "available package" list (on SuSE 9.3, no less) has approximately 7,000 entries-- a number of which are dependencies, -devel, and -debug entries, but still-- easily several thousand applications in that list.

As for downloaded RPM's, usually --test, and collecting all the necessary dependencies in one directory is sufficient to avoid most issues, until you come to "Gee, you have Xorg 6.8, and you need 7.0". That's when I bail, whether it's Gentoo, Debian, or RPM based. ;)

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