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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Nobody cares about Linux on the desktop
by IkeKrull on Tue 19th Oct 2010 01:01 UTC
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2006-01-24

If people actually cared about desktop linux, we would have:

a) a departure from the cryptic UNIX FHS
b) a useful, user-configurable linux->linux network filesystem that isn't NFS3 and probably isn't NFS4.
c) filesystem ACLs by default.
d) one GUI, with one widget API, and one system services (installed components, configuration settings, device discovery) backend. Doesn't mean people can't offer different stuff on top of that, but its pointless for things to be split into such tiny bits for the desktop user.
e) a driver API which supports backwards compatibility even while new features are added

Basically, as long as Linux is a slave to 1970s POSIX standards that will never evolve, kernel developers insist that standards are meaningless for them (some of the same people that paradoxically pound POSIX like it was a bible), and the fragmentation between X.org, KDE and GNOME continues to occur at such a low level, there won't be a meaningful desktop linux.

Why would anyone want to use a 1970s-era UNIX workstation as a desktop in 2010? Linux is just that with a coat of shiny paint.

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