Linked by David Adams on Tue 16th Aug 2011 16:48 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Who is Microsoft fooling? Other than on the desktop, Linux is eating its lunch, and it's only going to get worse for Microsoft."
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RE[4]: But does it need to?
by wirespot on Wed 17th Aug 2011 13:28 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: But does it need to?"
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[...]it appears that the Linux advocates here have absolutely no clue what so ever.

Heh, 2001 called, they want their FUD back. Seriously, mate, this is ancient stuff you're spewing. ;)

Nowadays a well-polished distro pretty much works out of the box. The rare cases when something does not, you don't "recompile" anything, at most you google a bit or ask the friendly nearby geek, which is the same most Windows users do as well.

And the even more rare cases when even that does not work are offset IMHO by the various Linux advantages. Things like the fact it doesn't take 20 GB just for the naked OS, instead it uses under 5 GB for the OS plus all the hardware drivers you need, plus 30k software packages (of which I can quickly count 100+ useful apps in Software Center) AND keeps it all updated seamlessly at all times. Or the fact it doesn't suffer from "Windows rot" where you have to reinstall every once in a while. Or that the deskop apps menu is actually sanely organized, not everything dumped together. Or that the desktop effects actually strive to be useful not just eye-candy. Or the lack of spyware, malware, need for antivirus, firewall etc.

Low Linux adoption on the PC desktop is a fact, but arguing it's about hardware support or that the desktop experience is not up to par is stupid. I'm not even going to argue this anymore, anybody who's willing to slap a Live install on a stick can see for themselves.

Low adoption is due to other factors. Such as the fact a mega-corporation like Microsoft has been doing everything in its power for two decades not to let it happen, where on the other side you have mostly volunteers or companies who are looking to get stuff done and put products out and move on, not battle FUD. Look at any technology field where Microsoft has no stake, everything from media players to the route display in your bus, and you will find Linux. I wonder why.

The PC world is the most retarded of all consumer technology fields because of it. Apple may lock you in but at least they innovate like crazy, with Microsoft it's just the lock-in and no reward. They barely cared to start upgrading Windows and IE recently because they were starting to lose it badly, and Office is still essentially the same as it was 20 years ago, only more bloated, with just the ribbon to show for "innovation".

Enjoy your Microsoft dominated desktop, but I say we'd all be better off if there would have been proper competition allowed. Only I guess we'll never know.

Edited 2011-08-17 13:31 UTC

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