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: Desktop Linux is not dead
by bouhko on Tue 19th Oct 2010 08:53 UTC in reply to "Desktop Linux is not dead"
bouhko
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2010-06-24

Best comment and article I've read on this subject since a long time.

Although I agree linux in the consumer space will stay kind of stagnant, what is interesting is the corporate desktop market.
When I started studying Computer Science, I was the only one in the class using Linux. I was the "bizarre" guy. At the end of my studies, about half of the class had switched to Linux (I did some promotion, the teachers did some promotion, etc...). Now, the question is : when in some years, this guys will become IT managers, will they push towards using Linux as a corporate desktop ? Even if a small percentage does, this might lead to a huge number of new linux desktop users.

The main problem with linux in the consumer market is the whole installation/configuration thing. There still are some drivers bugs and stuff like that (Windows has too of course, but it's installed by OEM). But these problems are less relevant in the corporate world since you've qualified personnel doing the installs.

Now, we just need to improve MSOffice compatibility because that's probably the one thing holding many people back.

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