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 Darkmage on Tue 19th Oct 2010 21:33 UTC
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The problem with desktop Linux vs Mac OSX is that Linux isn't even in OSX's league. If I want to make a dvd menu on linux I am pretty well screwed. I have to learn a bunch of command line tools I have no interest in learning. On OSX, I crank open iDVD, select a preset theme that I like, and start dragging/dropping images into it. Instant menu in 5 mins and I can then burn it straight to dvd. No stuffing around. iMovie is the same for video editing, imports directly, does all the cutting and then burns out to DVD. I know you can do these things on Linux, but the tools are NOT as well designed, and its not even close to being the same experience. Go download/buy/whatever a copy of OSX and try doing that sort of editing work. What OSX does that Windows and Linux cannot do, is it GETS OUT OF YOUR WAY. The OS removes itself from your presence leaving you to work. One click and you are into a video editing experience, one click and you're in a music editing experience. This is stuff that Linux and windows has been unable to master even given 20 years. As I age into my mid 20s I really can't be bothered fighting my pc anymore, Mac is where I'm going to move to. I can't stand the cost of mac hardware but for $39 and an efi emulator dvd I can convert my pc, and for me the lack of effort is worth it. It's easier to run a pirated Macintosh install than it is to run a legitimate Windows install... Patches/security updates work fine, you don't need antivirus. Most home user installs have pirated software anyway, office/adobe/games/open source software/(wine if I really want stuff like Crysis) Don't get me wrong, I love linux, I would love for it to take over the market, but it's never going to happen while Linux continues to chase Microsoft.

Edited 2010-10-19 21:38 UTC

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