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'm not talking about just video drivers.

What drivers are you talking about then, specifically?

It's hard to say which factor sunk Linux on the desktop the most but the middle finger to hardware manufacturers didn't help.

Again what is this problem with hardware compability you are claiming exists?

As for winning I don't see how locked down Android devices with drivers useless to other devices is a win.

What does the extremely limited amount of drivers in Android have to do with Linux open source driver availability at large (which is fantastic)?

But that's what Linus wanted and he didn't care if Windows kept the desktop market.

Drivers are not holding Linux back, it could have every driver in existance and there still wouldn't be any real incentive for the average computer user to leave Windows on the desktop.

Not even Apple which has done massive advertising and product placement (apple logo visible in every laptop in every tv show), shiny design, being hip, has been able to make a real dent in Microsoft's desktop dominance. And they certainly have no driver problems either given that they only support their own very meagre hardware spectrum.

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