Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 21:26 UTC
Microsoft Linux isn't a threat to Windows on the desktop and is losing steam on the server as customers separate the operating system from the development model, according to Microsoft's chief platform strategist. Bill Hilf, general manager of competitive strategy at Microsoft, said pundits have predicted for years that Linux will gain momentum on the desktop, but that won't happen because of the complexity involved in delivering a tightly integrated and tested desktop product.
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RE: The Sleeping Giant?
by manix on Sat 24th Jun 2006 02:36 UTC
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I am starting to think FreeBSD is becoming more of a force to be reconed with on the desktop and that if FreeBSD had just a little bit more development power that it has the potential to become a real player in the desktop market, likely even surpassing linux. ...

I agree!

I quit using GNU/Linux for FreeBSD. FreeBSD is more mature and polished than any Linux distro I have tested so far, including Slackware and Debian.

Now that it even got easy to install, I don't see a reason why people shouldn't use it.

I find FreeBSD + KDE easier to use than windoze and also more integrated. The only system I've seen which I find more user friendly than KDE is MacOSX with Aqua.

I have to admit that I do miss some applications, like a proper TV program or games, on FreeBSD. But I have a nicer GUI and none of the usual windoze trouble, that saves me so much time and aggravation.

I installed Slackware at my mom's home. The reason what that windoze stopped working. SuSE wasn't that stable either. Since she's got slackware, we haven't had any trouble and not a single crash in more than a year. She doesn't find it more difficult than windoze. It is much faster too. What really annoying her are mounting CDs or USB keys (I kind of solved that with the automounter), the lack of driver for her printer and her cameras.

I think that GNU/Linux and *BSD systems with KDE or Gnome, have some drawbacks. But they have all the applications 95% of the people need, they are at least as user friendly, many distros are quite easy to install and come with more drivers than windoze; and once these systems are installed, they keep working great for years (unlike windoze that has to be reinstalled every 6 to 12 months).

As far as I am concerned the price is not the reason I use a free system. I would actually pay not to use windoze, because I am much more productive and my system is much safer (no spyware, viruses), using FreeBSD (or any other *BSD GNU/Linux based OS).

I think that thanks to the effort of many volunteers, GNU/Linux - *BSD systems are more than ready for the desktop, but people should stop being sheep using a system only because they think everybody else is doing the same thing.

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