Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Sep 2006 14:50 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Linux It's that time of the year again. "If 'a year of GNU/Linux on the desktop' is defined as a year when GNU/Linux has finally started its steady encroachment to the desktop then 2006 is the year. A lot of users have started using GNU/Linux on their desktops long before, but it is 2006 which marked the two probably biggest GNU/Linux desktop releases to date, Ubuntu Dapper and Novell SuSE 10. It is 2006 which marks the biggest opportunity for GNU/Linux to steal the desktop market share from Windows due to the bad reputation behind the pending Windows Vista release. And the eyes and focus of both the GNU/Linux community and major GNU/Linux corporations such as Novell are fixed on that opportunity. Novell marketing is true: 'Your Linux is ready'."
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Microsoft not losing------------yet!
by penguin7009 on Fri 1st Sep 2006 15:37 UTC
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IMHO microsoft is not losing to Linux yet! Why? Because of simple things like flash, quicktime and other browser integreations which do not work. I just know I'm going to get flamed for this but here goes.

I have been using Linux for four years at my office and at home. My wife tried to use Lindows and then Linspire and she really like it. However she had to dual boot with XP to use flash, quicktime and Internet explorer for her college courses which required all these plugins. It seemed like every day when I came in I had to try to get something working that would have been simple in Windows.

Since Xandros seems to be going the way of Windows with activation and because Xandros 4.0 is erratic on my Intel pent4 Sata computer I am now on a distro called Linux-XP 2006. I couldn't believe it but on first boot Linux-XP played DVDs, Flash, and with a simple install, Quicktime. It seems that Linux-XP has windows APIs installed by default. I know, those are proprietary programs, but I don't care about that. I just want my computer to work and do the things I need it to when I need it!

I love linux and the day when these problems are no longer problems is when Linux will be ready for joe average, mom and pop, or and Insurance company on Wall Street.

my .02


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