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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RE[4]: X Sucks
by zima on Sun 2nd Sep 2012 05:41 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: X Sucks"
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> problem is politics and religious dogma have frankly crippled it

how has 'politics and religious dogma' crippled Linux, really?

In the context here, of desktop Linux, one can certainly point to the KDE/Gnome split - and ponder what could have been if the resources, energy, focus were more united.
'politics and religious dogma' sums up the background of this split fairly accurately.

It's proprietary drivers which obviously needs to be maintained by third-party outside of the kernel, thankfully there are only very few of those these days

Yet they seem to be more or less the rule in what are probably the most prominent, by far, end-user-oriented Linux devices - Android phones...

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