Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Oct 2010 14:17 UTC, submitted by Extend
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Yes, yes, it's that time of the year again - a new Fiona Apple album confirmed (which makes anything that happens between now and spring 2011 irrelevant and annoying), MorphOS 2.6 released (will be the next news item), and, of course, a new Ubuntu release showcasing the best of the best that the Free software world has to offer in the desktop world.
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RE[6]: Solid release
by bassbeast on Wed 13th Oct 2010 06:18 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Solid release"
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Hi, Mr Holwerda. I don't think you are a troll, I just think you are starting to run into something deeper that most Linux guys will refuse to even admit...Linux is NOT a desktop OS, it is SERVER OS. Don't get me wrong, the amount of work that has been done while fighting the kernel devs has been amazing, but as you are seeing it is often "2 steps forward, 3 steps back" because Linus and the other devs are being paid the big bux by SERVER companies who only care about SERVER I/O and SERVER benchmarks.

See this article for an example...

Sadly this article came out in 07 and things haven't gotten any better, and if one would think logically it would all make sense: There is a reason why MSFT has separate server and desktop products and that is because what is good for one is often not good for the other. servers are primarily concerned with throughput, so they can serve as many user requests as possible. On a desktop things like buffering video, smoothing windows, these things matter to the end user but NOT to the server, which is often sans GUI.

Ultimately for Linux to have a real shot at being a true "third way" I truly believe the kernel will have to be forked AWAY from Linus and the other server paid kernel devs, who simply refuse to believe that what is good for one may not be good for the other. Considering Linus says "Linux isn't designed it "evolves like a virus" I'm not sure he is the best guy to ask about desktops anyway. Link to quote..

So there is my 02c, and I'll probably get called bad names too for daring to say anything other than "Gee Biff, isn't Linux swell?" but ultimately to get Linux into every walmart and mom&pop shop it truly needs to be designed with the desktop user as job #1 and that just isn't happening ATM.

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