Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Mar 2009 18:53 UTC, submitted by snydeq
Linux Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst questioned the relevance of Linux on the desktop, citing several financial and interoperability hurdles to business adoption at a panel on end-users and Linux last night at the OSBC.
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He is kind of right
by moondevil on Thu 26th Mar 2009 11:35 UTC
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I love Linux and been working with it since 1994. On my first installation, I had to install from the hard drive because my CD-ROM drive was still unsupported. E-IDE support was just starting to be added to the kernel.

Now we are in 2009, and even though most of my work gets deployed into Linux servers, my private laptop runs XP.

How can I say that I love Linux and have a XP laptop?

Simple, I got fed up of tinkering with configuration files to make my WiFi work, my screen resolution be right one and so forth.

So we are in 2009, my current laptop is 4 years old now, and I still can't find a distribution that supports all the laptop hardware. And what is worse, whatever Linux distribution I do install, the fan always runs full speed!

Sure I could have researched to buy a laptop where Linux would run without problems, but I don't have time anylonger to spend months looking for something.

On my last laptop, it took me two months to get a WiFi PC Card that would work with Linux!

So if you have a desktop PC and don't play games, Linux is already quite good. On the other hand if you're an avid gamer or need proper laptop support, you will face some problems.

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