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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There are still some serious issues with Linux on consumer PCs. For example there are no good way to distribute a driver along with some hardware. On Windows and OSX you would just install the bundled driver, but you can't do that on Linux since it lacks a stable kernel ABI. So if your new device is not supported out of the box on your Linux system you'll have to compile your own module that may or may not compile against your kernel, try to get a newer kernel build to work and hope that there are no regressions or simply wait for the next release of your distribution. Of course, if the hardware is really new and the company behind it isn't very open source-friendly it might take longer than that before a driver is available in a stable kernel.

Linux is a great OS for geeks but as long as issues like this exist it will not be able to compete with windows for consumer PCs.

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