Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jun 2012 22:21 UTC, submitted by Valhalla
Linux The BBC interviews Torvalds. I like this bit: "For me, Linux on the desktop is where I started, and Linux on the desktop is literally what I still use today primarily - although I obviously do have other Linux devices, including an Android phone - so I'd personally really love for it to take over in that market too. But I guess that in the meantime I can't really complain about the successes in other markets." Linux on the desktop is quite passe. Phones and servers is where it's at.
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RE[2]: Linus is still in denial
by nt_jerkface on Fri 15th Jun 2012 04:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Linus is still in denial"
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You just lack imagination. Let me help you with that. Imagine that ubuntu grabs 10% desktop marketshare and really begins to make a profit. Ubuntu is also selling apps, games, music movies etc. Dell, HP etc. all have a few machines with Ubuntu on it.
Because of this ecosystem consumers are more demanding and businesses make enough money to fix the problems and sell more. (kind of like how Windows works)


There was a time when I imagined something like that just as everyone does who goes through the Linux desktop cycle. I don't lack imagination, what you lack is a understanding of how problems like broken updates are a part of Linux and always have been. It's just part of what Linus created.

What you also don't understand is that the economic case for a Linux desktop has never been worse. It won't be long before Android phones can be used as desktops and your distro X that you dumped millions into still won't have the software compatibility of Windows or Mac. It's a dead end and Linus knows it.

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