Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 21:26 UTC
Microsoft Linux isn't a threat to Windows on the desktop and is losing steam on the server as customers separate the operating system from the development model, according to Microsoft's chief platform strategist. Bill Hilf, general manager of competitive strategy at Microsoft, said pundits have predicted for years that Linux will gain momentum on the desktop, but that won't happen because of the complexity involved in delivering a tightly integrated and tested desktop product.
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RE[2]: Good point
by stestagg on Sat 24th Jun 2006 11:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Good point"
stestagg
Member since:
2006-06-03

Linux is the kernel. The kernel is not bloated.

You're being overly pedantic. When People are talking about linux in this context, they are talking about common distributions. I.e. RedHat, Fedora, Ubuntu.

but that is up to the admin to cut back on the stuff that is not needed in the install.

What admin? A truly dedicated Linux admin might have the knowledge to deselect the right packages when deploying machines. 98% of Desktop installs outside of large corporate deplyments are done by OEMs and these people will just slap on a default install of Fedora or Ubuntu. Both of these run more slowly at the DE level than windows.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO INSTALL EVERYTHING..... unlike Windows

The majority of people (wether they use linux or windows) do not want to install ANYTHING...ever.) They use what they know and expect everything to work 'out of the box'.

Linux is not up to this level yet.

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RE[3]: Good point
by n0xx on Sat 24th Jun 2006 21:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Good point"
n0xx Member since:
2005-07-12

98% of Desktop installs outside of large corporate deplyments are done by OEMs and these people will just slap on a default install of Fedora or Ubuntu. Both of these run more slowly at the DE level than windows.


What a load off bullcrap you'r saying there. I'm posting this reply on my laptop, runing Ubuntu 6.06, with a default instalation + a few extra packages and the damn thing just flys. I can actualy burn a dvd and watch a movie or play with an n64 emulator (running open source drivers here!) at the same time. Pause Mario 64 fire up firefox and gaim, reply my email and use the computer in just as if there was nothing going on. Try to do the same on a Windows XP desktop, and you'll freeze up Explorer time and time again, at least on this machine, a pavillion ze4900. The machine becomes basicly unusable. The Linux scheduler just owns.

Of course Ubuntu has its share of qwirks, bugs and anoyances, but so does anything Microsoft has to offer. Plus, I can actualy acomplish something productive out of the box with a default ubuntu instalation, since openoffice is included by default.

Oh... and the whole distro fits on single cd. Talk about efficient usage of disk space.

Try before you don't buy.

Edited 2006-06-24 21:57

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