Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Aug 2012 22:52 UTC
Linux Miguel de Icaza: "To sum up: (a) First dimension: things change too quickly, breaking both open source and proprietary software alike; (b) incompatibility across Linux distributions. This killed the ecosystem for third party developers trying to target Linux on the desktop. You would try once, do your best effort to support the 'top' distro or if you were feeling generous 'the top three' distros. Only to find out that your software no longer worked six months later. Supporting Linux on the desktop became a burden for independent developers." Mac OS X came along to scoop up the Linux defectors.
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Web-browsers killed all desktops.
by Gaius_Maximus on Fri 31st Aug 2012 15:45 UTC
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Linux was just the victim of bad timing. Mac and Windows also went through growing pains. Theirs just came before the web made most of it irrelevant. Microsoft saw this handwriting on the wall over a decade ago, and tried to anticipate it by integrating web functionality into XP, only to get beat up by various governments for doing so.

Google's Cr48, et al, was the shot heard round the world: The PC is dead. Long live the thin-client/zero-client.

The new 'desktop' is whatever the web-site programmer has created for you. This is good and bad. On the one hand, there are far too few well-designed sites. But, on the other hand, we're back at square one all over again, and inventive programmers, no longer locked into Windows' paradigm(s), or Apple's, or Gnome's, or KDE's, or ... are free to create. Let's sit back and see what they come up with. BUT .... let's keep patents and lawyers out of it!

In the mean-time, let's position Linux to, pardon the expression, capitalize on this turn of events. Let's have a Linux which installs, out of the box, as a terminal server and a terminal client. Let's see a Linux which publishes its applications over the web (because that's still a viable alternative to roll-your-own web-2.0-based UIs), using X-forwarding and/or whatever else. I'd love to have a server at home doing all the heavy up/downloading of my movies, music, mail, etc., as well as mass storage, while making it all accessible to all my devices in the field, or just in other rooms (networked via power-lines, of course). The new Raspberry PI comes to mind as an ideal client to bolt to the backs of all my monitors and TVs. The humblest laptops (which often have the greatest battery life) could serve as my terminals, maybe even replacing my smartphones.

Linux hasn't missed the boat, my friends. It built the boat. Everything is ready. X, Apache, LTSP, OpenSSI, even the goodwill and well-wishing of the general public (unlike with M$) ... It's all there. Stop grieving over the demise of the old desktop paradigm, and let's launch the REAL (new) desktop.

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