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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Linux is not ready for the desktop
by pandronic on Sat 24th Jun 2006 06:55 UTC
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Let's be fair about this: Linux is not ready for the desktop ... yet. Coming from a Windows background I found myself strugling with things like compiling drivers into the kernel, resolving dependencies, installing a new version of GCC to compile an app that I couldn't find as an installable package, trying to install (and failing) Nvidia drivers, messing arround with config file, messing up my installation trying to make it boot faster, mounting by hand my fat32 partition, googling for mp3 support, RTFM and so on.

Of course, I didn't have all these problems with only one distribution. Some got some things right, some didn't, but none got all of them right. So I gave up for now.

If there weren't tens of distributions to write for, maybe vendors would realease more of their products for Linux. Maybe, if Linux would use binary drivers, hardware vendors would make drivers for it. Maybe if the Linux world would work in one direction we'd have an OS ready for the general public. Maybe if the community would be more OPEN to proprietary sollutions we would have a real alternative and not just a wanna-be desktop OS.

Just my .02

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