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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by daddio on Tue 19th Oct 2010 18:48 UTC
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The article was garbage.

Waste of my time to look at it.

His argument boils down to "doesn't have windows apps"

Well, I'm sorry that is just BS from the standpoint of 99% of all users.

What Linux lacks is a foot in the door in the supply chain.
Microsoft has all the major OEM in a stranglehold. Also, Microsoft has tried very hard to write its Site licenses so that organizations who need any Microsoft software in bulk have to license it even for machines that don't run it but could.

Linux does not have Superbowl ads or similar publicity.

And lastly, just plain old inertia.
Linux is flat-out better for most of the actual work people buy computers to do, but many of them have been steeped in the microsoft way for so long it is hard for them to understand something different. Yes, switching platforms is hard when you've learned one and spent a long time on it.

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