Linked by Kroc Camen on Sun 29th Nov 2009 20:02 UTC, submitted by fsmag
GNU, GPL, Open Source From Free Software Magazine: "Google promises a much needed shift in the way small computers work. Problems like software updates, backups, installation, maintenance, viruses, have plagued the world for too long: a shift is way overdue. To me, however, the change about to happen shows us what many people have refused to believe for a long time: KDE and GNOME shot each other dead."
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by moleskine on Mon 30th Nov 2009 00:30 UTC
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The comparison is rather a false one.

Chrome OS is being touted by Google as a self-contained, locked-down environment for cheap and simple boxes. Every aspect of the box and of the software on it is totally controlled by The Corporation. The comparison they make is with using a television. Whether this will ever work or take off is another story.

This has little or nothing to do with full-on, configurable, modern desktop environments whether on Linux or any other platform. It is certainly nothing to do with KDE and Gnome. Besides, Google isn't after the market for desktop Linux which at only 1-2 per cent isn't exactly an attraction for a megacorp.

It is amusing to see almost every post in this thread blaming someone or something for the dire lack of popularity of desktop Linux. Why blame anyone. What the market share figures tell us is that a decade after desktop Linux started to make waves, 98 or 99 out of 100 users still do not want to run it. For whatever reason, they just don't like it. Simple as that really.

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