Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:46 UTC
Linux "For years now, Linux has been a black sheep standing in the shadow of Apple and Microsoft. Despite having a fervent and enthusiastic following, the operating system hasn't been able to grab a sizable share of the computing market and has instead been content to subsist on the customers that come away dissatisfied with the mainstream competition. But that may be about to change. With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 on the horizon, some are saying Linux may have a great opportunity to steal a significant share of the market away from Microsoft, allowing it to finally take the helm as a major operating system service provider." This has to stop, and the only reason I'm linking to this nonsense is to make this very clear: Linux will not magically conquer the desktop or even make any significant gains because of Windows 8. People who don't like Windows 8 (Vista) will continue to use Windows 7 (Windows XP). This is getting so tiring. And does it even matter? Linux is winning big time in the mobile space, server space, and countless other spaces. The desktop is and always has been irrelevant to Linux.
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by Soulbender on Tue 28th Aug 2012 21:22 UTC
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This has to stop, and the only reason I'm linking to this nonsense is to make this very clear: Linux will not magically conquer the desktop or even make any significant gains because of Windows 8.


So why post it at all? Why not just ignore the nonsense from irrelevant sites like gogadgit?
I haven't heard ANYONE seriously state that Windows 8 will magically increase Linux desktop share. In fact, this gogadgit article is so cluless it's not even funny. Among other things it seems to be confused about servers and desktops. For example:

Developers, other web services increasingly working with Linux

This would only be a new development if you have lived under a rock in the desert for the last 10 years. The webservice and hosting market is dominated by Linux and have been for a long time.

That not only demonstrates a growing respect of the operating system, but it will make the transition to Linux easier for current Microsoft users


I REALLY don't see how this could possible be the case.

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