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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RE: It's not the fault of Linux...
by jpobst on Mon 18th Oct 2010 23:14 UTC in reply to "It's not the fault of Linux..."
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A lot of it comes down to Windows just isn't that expensive. Very few people pay full price for it, whether they get it through academics, preloaded on their computer, through volume discounts, or pirate it.

For Linux to make any sort of inroads, it has to be perceived as not just on par with Windows or a little better. It has to be dramatically better and well marketed so that people know what it is and seek out computers that have it. (a la Mac)

And just to clarify, it has to be dramatically better in ways mainstream users care about, which does not include that they can get the source code for it.

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