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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I don't believe it...
by thavith_osn on Tue 28th Aug 2012 23:12 UTC
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...I actually 100% agree with Thom on this one...

I love Linux, don't get me wrong (I love the OS X desktop better BTW, but that's another story) and I prefer Ubuntu to Win 7 more than you can imagine, but I am not part of the mainstream, I'm part of this community and as such, the way I use computer tends to be different.

I don't need or use Office, but I can see why the general public doesn't go near OpenOffice (sorry).

I don't use Photoshop, but I can see why the general public doesn't go near Gimp either.

and so on...

Having said that, Linux shouldn't be trying to copy MS or Apple (and in a LOT of areas, they don't), but they should be building their own uniquie "non Office" suite and pushing that (maybe they do and I missed it). !Office :-) See iWorks for the Apple as an example. It's not the most successful and isn't about to dethrone Office any time soon, but it's a great alt. to Office on the Mac.

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