Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 22:07 UTC
Linux With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion, many have toiled with the question: How do we make this happen faster? A well-known Austin-based Linux Advocate thinks he has the answer.
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by tomcat on Thu 24th Jan 2008 00:03 UTC
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"With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion..."

(Rolls eyes) Verging on an explosion? C'mon, who do they think they're kidding here? I wish that I had a dime for every prediction of The Year of the Linux Desktop. Linux is a great OS but, whether or not you agree about its greatness or suitability for the masses, it's a niche OS and will remain so for quite some time. This is an objective fact. The market share numbers bear it out so, if you're going to argue that it isn't a niche OS, you're living in a different reality than the majority of us.

...stop porting *nix software to Windows...

This isn't stopping Linux adoption. Rather, it's because they can't use Photoshop and Office and countless other productivity apps (that are available on OS X and Windows) on *nix. And, again, anybody who thinks that GIMP or OpenOffice or fill-in-the-blank is better than its commercial alternative needs to do a reality check.

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