Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:26 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft presented the results for its second quarter of the 2010 fiscal year yesterday, which ended on December 29 2009. As it turns out, thanks to sales of Windows 7, Microsoft experienced a record quarter, which is especially welcome after the previous two lacklustre ones. It sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses during this record quarter.
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X11, for one, which is even going to lose its room at FOSDEM next year because nobody cares about it, despite it being a critical component of the desktop. Still can't get OpenGL 2.0 on an 8 year old graphics card, for example. Performance is still choppy and way behind Windows on the same hardware.

But aside from that, the DEs are lacking in coherence and it is very easy to run into bugs, crashes, incomplete functionality and just plain lack of polish. I gave up on ever using KDE 4 because it continued to fail to produce.

Priorities are also in the wrong place. KDE devs keep pushing for KHTML when it is so far behind the times, it's not even funny. Instead, they could be working on WebKit, but that's just not "free" enough for them, or whatever the problem is.

And, while the rest of the world gets work done and can watch whatever media they want and run whatever software they want, Linux users and devs will at least have their "freedom", whatever value that actually has (certainly isn't technical).

While the rest of the world gets work done,

It's debatable whether Linux distros are suitable for home desktops. For business desktops, though, they've been ready for years now. And it's mainly due to all the nifty network features in X11.

There's a huge market around desktop management tools for Windows primarily because Windows itself is not suited to large, networked, business deployments.

Should one really need a completely separate server just to run the desktop management tools, over and above the shared network server? Should one really need 17 different GUIs to manage everything? Should one have a completely separate server just to manage all the software licenses?

These are all things that Unix solved years ago, and that Linux inherited over time.

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