Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Mar 2013 16:13 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth: "I simply have zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different. Leet. 'Linux is supposed to be hard so it's exclusive' is just the dumbest thing that a smart person could say." He's right. Lots of interesting insights in this blog post - I may not agree with everything Ubuntu does, but at least it's doing something.
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RE[4]: Comment by Laurence
by Alfman on Sat 9th Mar 2013 15:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Laurence"
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"The problem with desktop Linux is due to
* Fragmentation."

True, but on the other hand I'd honestly rather have more choices than a become dependent upon a single commercial entitee who's idea of a successful OS is vendor lock. At least with linux and open source in general one has a very practical hedge against monopolisation. That more than makes up for fragmentation in my opinion, but opinions will vary.

"* Backwards Compatibility (I mean for large programs released 10 years ago, not 'I can compile the version of screen from 15 years ago'."

Linux lacks kernel stability, which sucks, but I've found linux userspace application interfaces to be amazingly stable, do you have a real example we can try or are you just being hypothetical?

"* Drivers (and don't give me the speil about how it has more drivers than Windows, most of the drivers that aren't actively worked on are of poor quality)."

That's partly fair. But consider that the difference is that the hardware you've bought was manufacturer certified to run on your version of windows, while you probably failed to buy hardware certified for linux (right?). Still, as an engineer you should be *astonished* that you can even do this with linux and have a good chance that it will just work out of the box.

Edited 2013-03-09 15:25 UTC

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