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[4]: Agreed
by CaptainFlint on Sat 24th Jun 2006 13:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Agreed"
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no problem my friend.... it actually replaces MSN for all the features except the lame ones like winks(?)

Also check out their plugins for desktop integration. Plugs in very well with Gnome or KDE.

Also speaking of *nix not being ready for the "desktop", I have never used windows as my main operating system (except on work contracts) in the 10 years I have been involved with computing. I think I managed to get by remarkably well.

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RE[5]: Agreed
by dylansmrjones on Sat 24th Jun 2006 14:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Agreed"
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amsn is sitting quite nicely in my systray. And no winks... that's a pro ;)

Unfortunately accents and danish characters don't work - apparently either tcl/tk and/or amsn don't like utf8. But niiiice fonts. I like antialiasing.

Of course Linux isn't ready for the desktop. Mac OS X and Windows aren't ready either, so why should Linux be ready?

So far all systems fail in implementing the desktop idea properly, but of all the major desktop OS'es Linux does the job pretty well. But of course choosing a PC with mainstream hardware does make things easier.

And well... I haven't used windows since the downgrade to XP - I just stick with Gentoo and Gnome.

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