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 Gullible Jones on Wed 29th Aug 2012 14:09 UTC
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The problem isn't that Linux is a joke. The problem is that Linux is a volunteer effort. It will never be able to support desktop hardware as well as Windows, particularly complicated graphics stuff.

Granted it would probably help if some of the developers got off their ideological high horse, and implemented a stable driver API... But even then, I don't think things would work in Linux's favor.

I use Linux nonetheless - because it works better for what I do. That doesn't change that it's a much more primitive OS than Windows in a lot of ways.

(OTOH, it does have its specialties. What's the Windows equivalent of a GrSecurity kernel and a hardened toolchain?)

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