Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th Jul 2016 12:37 UTC

If you're going to tell me "normal people" don't do those tasks, please don't. Quilters run blogs. Salespeople create presentations. And non-techie writers send revisions to editors. It's us nerds who insist that iOS solves the "problem" of normal people who don't understand the file system putting all their files on the desktop. But the desktop acts as shared document storage, which is something it turns out normal people sometimes need, and iOS does not solve that problem. Lecture me about the virtues of containers all you want, but there is no world in which having to use Dropbox as a temporary storage medium is a step forward.

This is a great article, and it hits the nail on the head so hard, the nail's probably in Fiji by now. The only people going iPad-only are bloggers writing "I went iPad-only"-posts, and people who are trying to prove a point. Neither of them constitute a market.

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RE[3]: Funny.
by DeadFishMan on Sat 30th Jul 2016 21:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Funny. "
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"Linux has only become the number 1 consumer operating system on the planet, but whatever lol desktops right?

Don't confuse the "Linux kernel" (which powers Android) with the "Linux ABI" (vernacular shorthand for the Linux+glibc+X11 ABI) which is what people mean when they say Desktop Linux.

We don't think it's clever when we are clearly talking about "Linux which can run the 'Linux games' I bought from GOG/Humble/Steam/etc." and people intentionally misinterpret our words.

You might as well play word games and argue that iOS and OSX are the same thing because they both use the Darwin kernel.

I don't think anybody, in this particular website, doesn't really know the distinction between the Linux kernel and the typical Linux desktop software stack. Thom's response was a tongue-in-cheek to an also tongue-in-cheek assertion that desktop Linux is vaporware which, quite frankly, is getting a little tiring as time passes by.

I use desktop Linux on a daily basis at home and also use a RHEL-based workstation at work in one of the top IT companies. And with the exception of games, which I prefer to do on my living room console anyway, I can't say I am missing anything. I could spend two pages here describing my day-to-day activities and how it compares to everybody else's - in many cases quite favorably - but suffice to say that I'm much more productive on Debian than on anything else!

Linux is available for desktops and it is a solid alternative to the mainstream operating systems and it works fine for those who want it. For me, the year of Linux on the desktop was somewhere between 1998 and 2002.

Some people don't like Linux on their desktop. Yeah, we get it. Doesn't change the fact that it is currently the most popular consumer operating system on the planet - as Thom correctly pointed out, even in jest - and that it offers a solid product for desktops.

Edited 2016-07-30 22:06 UTC

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