Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 21:54 UTC
Linux Well, it's been a while since we've opened this particular jar (box is not historically accurate) owned by Pandora. Desktop Linux... Yes, that ever elusive readiness of the desktop that is Linux-powered. Some story on ComputerWorld argues that the desktop Linux dream is dead, and apparently, the story is causing some stir on the web. Well, paint me pink and call me a lightbulb, but of course desktop Linux is dead. However - who gives a flying monkey? Linux is being used by more people than ever!
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It's not the fault of Linux...
by cmost on Mon 18th Oct 2010 23:01 UTC
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The reason Linux has not taken desktop computing by storm has little to do with simplicity/ease of use/security/etc. of Linux. The reason is actually simple: Microsoft. It might come as a surprise to many that, like a drug dealer, Microsoft has made sure over the years that youngsters (students) start their computing experience with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office by making attractive licensing deals with academia in which Windows and Office are given to schools (teachers and students) at deep discounts compared to retail costs. Similar licensing deals are made with big corporations to ensure that exposure to Microsoft products continues into the workplace. Other companies such as Adobe have taken a similar tact with their flagship software. The end result is that most people know Microsoft Windows and Office and have little interest in learning something new, even if it's better. People do prefer the devil they know. This cycle continues unbroken today. Unless something is done to remedy the licensing situation, then Microsoft and its like will continue to dominate the desktop with proprietary software solutions and alternatives, even if they're free, will not make a dent.

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