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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Compare to Linux where:

Manufacturers create barebones/poor performing drivers just to show a modicum of support and leave out features like ink level monitoring or don't update them to the latest standards.

Drivers don't get created at all due to spite/small market or are released a year after the Windows driver.

Contrary to popular belief a driver in the tree is not guaranteed to be maintained forever. Drivers in the tree can be accidentally broken or intentionally deprecated. There is a shortage of driver developers in the open source world so your device can be left borked for good.

I've seen the results of Linus' do it my way or get fucked attitude. No thanks, I'll stick with Windows where manufacturers are treated with respect and can choose to create open source or binary drivers and expect them to work for the life of the OS.

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