Linked by Martin Girard on Tue 12th Sep 2006 13:57 UTC
Linux You must remember the period where various electronic devices, from phones to radios, were available in transparent cases. You may have found them utterly cool. Yet the simple fact that you can't find these things on the shelves anymore (except for do-it-yourself PC cases) means the crowd doesn't find them nearly that cool. While you may not see the link yet, this is exactly why the Linux desktop will never be popular.
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Article mistaken
by Al Dente on Tue 12th Sep 2006 14:48 UTC
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2006-09-12

I have to wonder if the author ever used or saw MacOS. MacOS is built upon BSD which is even geekier than Linux. If you look under the hood of Windows there is lot going on there as well but most of this is shielded from the user; there is no technical reason why the same couldn't be done with Linux.

No doubt the beginner Linux distros could use a bit of polish but the main thing keeping Linux from making a larger impact on the desktop is lack of marketing.

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RE: Article mistaken
by Ronald Vos on Tue 12th Sep 2006 21:05 in reply to "Article mistaken"
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2005-07-06

MacOS is built upon BSD which is even geekier than Linux.<snip> ..there is no technical reason why the same couldn't be done with Linux.

Mac OS X is built by marketing-oriented people who have extensive usability labs, and their whole existence rests on the premise of making computers everyone could use.

Linux is built by the technical and the geeks.

In theory there's no reason Linux couldn't be turned into a sleek desktop, practically speaking however, the author has a point, at least thusfar. I admit SLED is getting closer however.

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RE[2]: Article mistaken
by netpython on Wed 13th Sep 2006 09:14 in reply to "RE: Article mistaken"
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2005-07-06

Linux is built by the technical and the geeks.

So only linux developers are technical?

My take:All developers are geeks and technical.How could they enjoy their profession otherwise?

Edited 2006-09-13 09:14

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