Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 19:23 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's one complaint we here at OSNews get thrown in our faces quite often: what's up with the lack of, you know, operating system news on OSNews? Why so much mobile phone news? Why so much talk of H264, HTML5, and Flash? Where's the juicy news on tomorrow's operating systems? Since it's weekend, I might as well explain why things are the way they are. Hint: it has nothing to do with a lack of willingness.
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RE: Did you read my mind?
by Bobthearch on Sun 16th May 2010 00:59 UTC in reply to "Did you read my mind?"
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Linux is becoming the toy OS for me: far too many issues, especially with graphics drivers, far too many distros, far too many releases...but not enough quality apps. Besides it is too much Ubuntu and too little of the others: who remembers the beautiful, shiny SUSE boxes? 5 CDS, 2 DVDs, two large manuals...that wasn't just a Linux distro, it was a monument to operating systems!
And then you could find Red Hat boxes, Mandrake ones in shops: all quite impressive. Everybody, including myself, believed desktop Linux had a glorious future... Who believes that any longer? Maybe one percent of computer users.

I think the Year of the Desktop Linux was in ca. 2001-2003. if you blinked or were late to the scene, you missed it. Linux retail boxes in all the stores, Linux distros were having IPOs like real companies, the first pre-installed Linux computers, television commercials, media attention...
RedHat, Suse, Mandrake, Slackware, Suse, Lindows...

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