Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Jul 2006 16:20 UTC, submitted by jchalifour
Linux "They said it at LinuxWorld in Toronto a few months ago. They've buzzed it at analysts, and now the press is saying it to the public. Novell says this is the year of the Linux desktop, and I'm familiar with evidence showing gains in popularity for Linux. Yet, I disagree that this is the year. Nothing is happening this year to make it, specifically, the year of the Linux desktop and I'm going to hypothesize what could change that."
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Its here.. get use to it.
by naelurec on Tue 4th Jul 2006 02:10 UTC
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2006-02-15

Its here, it works. Does it have problems? Sure -- everything does.

However, it does have a lot of apps and capabilities. I can email, browse the web, watch videos, play music, manage my business, create databases, crunch numbers in spreadsheets, write letters/reports, play games (granted limited, but they are there..).

I can write programs, develop websites, chat (instant messaging, voice over ip), access remote systems (ssh, rdc, vnc), monitor full networks of systems, manipulate graphic images, build photo libraries, sync music to my mp3 player, print to my printers, create music and data CDs and DVDs..

While I don't, I know some people who even develop 3D designs and animations on their Linux desktops.. There are others that do professional level music notation and multitracking ..

Heck, with minimal effort, I can configure my system to serve up thin clients, allow multiple simultaneous users and allow me to access my full desktop over a secure connection from a remote system.

To increase my productivity, I can (with the help of ssh, fish and kioslaves) manipulate files on remote systems as if they were local .. great for managing computers, developing websites and the like.. It truly cuts away the complexity that people utilizing such tools as FrontPage have to put up with.

Not only this, but I can install the system and be productive faster than the leading competition with their pre-installed systems (driver/security updates, removing pre-installed trail-ware, loading up security/protection suites, yada yada..).

Could I say this a couple years ago? Doubt it. But it is quite a compelling desktop option. Obviously there are some issues -- particularly with specific application developers who have not ported their software to the platform (which unfortunately is more the rule than the exception) -- so if you need a particular application, you do have to put up with some form of emulation, compatibility, virtualization, dual booting, etc.

However, it does have some notable "killer apps" such as amarok, k3b, kontact to name a few (I base this on the fact my non-Linux using friends continue to request those apps for their particular platform).

Will it ever gain a majority or monopoly in the industry? I don't know.. it would definitely take a long time and some mis-steps from the competition to achieve this level of use.. but obviously, to be "ready for the desktop" does not translate into "everyone is using it". There are quite a lot of people who do use it and have for years.

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