Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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The 1% figure for the desktop is a myth.

Heading towards 5%.

Your right, it is a myth. More like .94%. Do you even bother to read these websites you link?

You cannot - as a web developer - rely only on statistics. Statistics can often be misleading.

Exactly. The oft-quoted 1% statistic is one such highly misleading statistic ... it is in fact a barefaced lie. Linux has far, far greater penetration that that, even if you blinker your view to look at ONLY the desktop.

Global averages may not always be relevant to your web site. Different sites attract different audiences. Some web sites attract professional developers using professional hardware, while other sites attract hobbyists using old low spec computers.

You can't get much more "professional hardware" than these systems:

"It is 30% of netbooks (worldwide), apparently, which is a figure that the Windows world desperately doesn't want anyone to know.

What was the marketshare when netbooks first appeared?

No, now.

What was the marketshare AFTER Windows was released on netbooks.


Sorry, you fail once again.

How so?

" Why on earth would I be interested in installing inferior, closed-source Adobe software instead?

Because your "tinker-toy OS

The world's most expensive, fastest machines use a tinker-toy OS?

That would be news to the owners and designers of the world's most expensive, fastest, most reliable machines, I would think.

Perhaps you had better ring some of these people up and tell them that they are using a tinker-toy OS.


and apps can not do what Acrobate can? Funny you say inferior, when that pretty much describes 99% of Desktop Linux apps. The only decent ones exist on Windows as well, so as NT_Jerkface points out, no reason to deal with the toy OS. But hey, enjoy your inferior desktop and apps, I am sure you get a lot done.


The world's biggest computational application, which is Google's services, runs on an estimated 1 million Linux servers.

As for highly complex computing applications:

This is not tinker-toy, by any stretch of the imagination.

The exact opposite, in fact. Linux is the OS of choice when computing gets serious.

Edited 2010-07-29 14:04 UTC

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