Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Sep 2010 22:09 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems There's this hole here at OSNews, a hole left when Psystar was dealt a devastating blow by Apple's legal team. That whole saga provided a nice steady stream of news articles that's been dried up for a while. However, Psystar was not the only clone maker out there - what happened to Quo Computer, that clone maker with an actual real-world store front? They're still here, and just launched a new product.
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RE: Why?
by nt_jerkface on Thu 9th Sep 2010 22:24 UTC in reply to "Why?"
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2009-08-26

I'm all for running Linux on the server, I've plugged ClearOS on my blog numerous times. Windows Server 2008 R2 is about $700 plus you have to buy CALs so especially for someone with Nix experience there can be some savings.

But on the desktop it doesn't offer a good value proposition when Windows 7 is only $100.

You still run into compatibility issues with Linux and there isn't a good selection of commercial software. So you are basically forced to use suboptimal open source alternatives that are already available for Windows.

Open source is its own worst enemy in that its best programs inevitably make their way to Windows and OS X. It is impossible for Linux to have a killer app that drives adoption. If an open source program is really useful then it will be ported everywhere.

Linux distros are also unfriendly to commercial software by design. Then you have all sorts of rough edges like updates and sound problems.

But yes when a company takes a liability risk to install OSX on whiteboxes there is clearly something wrong with the Linux desktop. My advice to the Linux community would be to stop following Stallmanology and start working with commercial companies. Accept that not all software can be open source and work at bringing in commercial companies that can add value to the platform.

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