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Linux "Linux has made major inroads on servers and in data centers running both open-source and proprietary applications on millions of computers worldwide. We've recently seen the rise of Linux on mobile devices. But the Linux desktop remains elusive. We know it's out there, but it only now seems to be approaching the tipping point."
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Yet another Linux user with a headache...
by FishB8 on Mon 16th Jan 2006 20:27 UTC
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I'm sorry, but I am getting so sick of these type of articles. Every time January rolls around for the last 5 years, there are always a string of articles speculating if this is truely the year of the Linux Desktop.

There are several problems with this.

1) If Linux does truely gain a serious desktop presence it will probably happen over the length of several years. This "year of the linux desktop" is a mythical being that does not exist.

2) Even if Linux does gain a serious presence there isn't really an effective way to measure this. It's not like the major consumer computer dealers ship OEM installations of Linux that you can use as a source for your numbers.

3) These articles seem to be written by non-linux users for the sake of having something to write about. They make claims that are based on opinion of just plain wrong:

the user interface is still immature compared to Mac OS or Windows.

Bull. Testing to see if they function according to the same presumptions is a poor measure of maturity.

One of the biggest desktop Linux inconveniences is the lack of support for existing proprietary applications from big vendors such as Adobe, Autodesk and Intuit.

What a dumbass. Linux supports these vendors just as well as any other platform. It is the venders who don't offer support Linux. And they probably have good business based reasons for not doing so.

The same can be said for the lack of drivers for plug-and-play functionality related to Wi-Fi, PDAs and digital cameras.

So incorrect it's not even funny. Sure there is hardware that doesn't have support from linux, but digital cameras?? Apparently this writer doesn't understand what a standard "USB mass storage device" is.

I guess I'm sick of these articles because the writers try to evaluate the value of Linux based on some gross generalizations, poor information, and incorrect assumptions. The truth is that if a user finds that Linux fills his or her needs, or the needs of their company then they will use it. Linux developers will develope what features they or their company needs. They scratch where they itch. End of story.

I use Linux because I like it. Not because it's the "Year of the Linux Desktop".

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