Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 18:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless After a few months of relative silence and vagueness, we're finally getting something tangible from Jolla, the promising mobile phone company which came forth from former Nokia employees. It's ambitious - they're not just going to create a mobile operating system, not just a mobile phone, but an entire ecosystem, including cloud services and data centres. At its heart? The beautiful city of Hong Kong. The prime target market? China.
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RE[2]: sort of open
by kurkosdr on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 13:58 UTC in reply to "RE: sort of open"
kurkosdr
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"The real reason 'Desktop Linux' hasn't had it's 'year' is because of the applications. "

Oh boy, here we go again. Desktop Linux fails to gain traction because X.org and PulseAudio are constantly breaking upgrades. Dell shipped laptops only to have them borked by PulseAudio in the next upgrade, and let's not forget the countless X.org breakages with GPUs over the years. Compatibility with existing apps is also suffering in Linuxland, see how PulseAudio broke many ALSA apps.
But the main problem is upgrades IMO. It's a nightmare for any user... You can't stay with the old version (like you can in Windows) because stuff is rarely backported in Linuxland ("just download the latest version, it's free" they say) and if you upgrade, you risk having your computer borked and thrown to CLI or a black screen.

Android is Linux that doesn't use X.org and PulseAudio and it's doing fine in the market.

Servers and supercomputers that are (should be) headless and hence don't need X.org and PulseAudio are doing fine in the marker.

I am student in a university (cs.uoi.gr) that runs entirely on Debian and I like it (as long as someone else does the upgrades for me). I like Ubuntu (Unity) and Mint, and yet I don't want to have Linux on my PC because I am afraid of the upgrade debacle. I do not want to do reinstalls every 6 months or mess with X.org.

The Linux community needs to stop whining about evil proprietary software, lack of apps etc and find money (a business model) to hire developers and fix their broken X.org and PulseAudio.

Edited 2012-10-03 14:06 UTC

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