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 tylerdurden on Tue 28th Aug 2012 22:30 UTC
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Some people are really deluding themselves into thinking the main reason people used windows was the "Start" button. In the big scheme of things moving to a completely different software platform (e.g. from Windows 7 and earlier to Linux) requires orders of magnitude more effort than moving from Aero to Metro (or whatever it is called).

Besides Linux on the desktop is already a fragmented mess, with its own set of ridiculous and arbitrary shifts in GUI on what seems a random basis. Redhat understood this, and they are actually doing great. It is a great platform for development though, and I actually see the diversity of Linux as an asset from my own personal computing needs. Thing is, most people don't use their computer to develop or deploy infrastructure...

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