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 marcp on Wed 29th Aug 2012 00:10 UTC
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This is so rediculous it's not even funny anymore.

To use GNU/Linux - like any OS other than the one you're actually using - you need to change your mindset first. Otherwise people tend to have stupid and unrealistic expectations, like "<redneck mode on>I want my Photoshop to run on this darn thing! <redneck mode off>".

So ... opportunity? not really. Some may convert and some may only switch. Does it matter? not really. Do FLOSS world need people seeking Photoshop under - say - Linux? not really.

As a sidenote I should mention I'm really tired hearing about this "alternative to" thing over and over again. Linux is not an alternative to Windows. And guess what: Windows IS NOT AN ALTERNATIVE to Linux. Not even an inch. In fact, I feel like dancing with my leg broken when I use Windows. There are no reasonable base system tools, no reasonable system management, etc, etc. I don't care if Windows users switch to FLOSS. I do care for people who convert to other FLOSS just because they care for their own freedom, openness of the IT world and world as a whole. Why should I care about choices of people who are willing to give their own freedom away for the sake of some stupid, temporary comfort or mythical - but not realistic - ease of use, which comes down to "dumb this s#@$ down in hope they can figure it out".

Ugh, sorry for being so irritating [possibly], but someone has to say it.

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