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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ze_jerkface
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2012-06-22

You can improve an operating system while maintaining backwards compatibility. The (original) PS3 could play PS2 games and having that compatibility didn't slow it down.

Linus and Greg KH full of shit when it comes to the unstable abi. They want everyone to believe that continually breaking stuff is needed to make Linux better. Windows and OS/X have progressed without randomly breaking drivers, Linux could too but the guy at the top hates binary drivers on an emotional level.

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