Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Dec 2007 19:39 UTC, submitted by michuk
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers."
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RE[7]: Give it some time
by Morgan on Wed 5th Dec 2007 12:53 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Give it some time"
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With all due respect, I think you are still blatantly (perhaps intentionally?) missing my point. I know that there are already small companies out there who offer Linux based systems and even support those systems. I'm not arguing against that at all. My point is, for Linux to truly become a household name, even so much as OSX is, will require at least one of the major, well-known manufacturers to take that extra step and start actively supporting Linux from the ground up. Go to a restaurant and take a survey of the guests, how many do you think have heard of System76 or Everex? Now, ask if they've heard of Dell, or HP, or IBM (now Lenovo of course) and I guarantee that most if not all will have at least heard the names. It's going to take a big move by one of the top tier brands to make this happen.

For you and me, who are already Linux enthusiasts, System76 and similar small outfits are the way to go at this moment in time. Don't get me wrong, I certainly believe in the power of word-of-mouth campaigns especially in the OSS world, but there are times when it takes a leap of faith by a powerful entity to really get the ball moving in the right direction. When, not if, this happens, I just hope they do it right and stay true to the message and philosophy of Free computing. For the OSS concept to become mainstream will take a mainstream player in the game, period.

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