Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Oct 2008 21:21 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The netbook craze is currently in full swing, with these small laptops being advertised everywhere (at least here in The Netherlands); in fact, you can already get netbooks with 3G from the mobile phone carriers at severely reduced prices (but with a one or two year contract, of course). Netbooks are also welcomed by the Linux community as the break they've been waiting for: many netbooks are available with Linux pre-installed. One of the more successful (and powerful) netbooks out there is MSI's Wind, which is also sold under different brand and model names by other companies. In an interview with LaptopMag, MSI's Director of US Sales Andy Tung, however, has some bad news for those that believe the netbook will be the foot in the door that the Linux desktop has been waiting for.
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RE[4]: Comment by shadoweva09
by gman1223 on Tue 7th Oct 2008 03:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shadoweva09"
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I spend my days working on a kernel and I don't necessarily buy your theory that replacing the kernel is what will boost Linux's acceptability on the desktop/laptop/netbook. Frankly, the end user could care less about the specifics of the kernel as long as it meets the minimum bar of reliability and performance, which Linux does.


I'll have to disagree with you there. I don't think that Linux (the kernel) meets the requirements for a decent desktop operating system. Some of the issues that I see are:

Drivers: The real issue here is the license model, hardware companies don't want to release an Open Driver, or their specs, and no, you saying they should won't magically make them do it, and it'll never happen 95% of the time. What's the next alternative? Closed Drivers? Sorry, that's illegal to include in the kernel, and iffy in Distro's, and the fact that Closed Drivers brake so much between releases of Linux doesn't make that option any better.

Dev Model: They don't focus on the Desktop: This can be argued either way, and be won either way too, but the main concentration on the current Linux Kernel seems to be for servers and super computers.

Hiding itself: Remember when Linus went on TV and told us that a kernel that a user never has to see is one that works? What happens when you upgrade your kernel? You risk breaking your system, the chances are that your custom drivers have to be rebuilt for it to work, and why isn't this being fixed? How can you consider it to be doing its job when it contradicts its creator?

I think the license, general focus of the devs and the community will just end up killing any chances that it (a Linux Distro) has in the desktop market. I'll be willing to place my money on FreeBSD, because we've already seen parts of it put into a much more popular OS (Mac OSX), and I'll be willing to bet that in the future, it will have its feet in much more than it has now.

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