Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jul 2007 16:01 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
Linux After years of being relegated to server racks and the desktops of ultrageeks, Linux is finally making some headway as a viable alternative to Windows on the consumer desktop. That's the optimistic message delivered by a newly energized contingent of Linux proponents. By employing the same consumer-friendly marketing techniques practiced by Microsoft, and by taking advantage of the rising popularity of web-based applications, Linux vendors are getting ready for what they say will be a wave of consumer interest in the free operating system.
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That time of the year again...
by BurningShadow on Thu 26th Jul 2007 17:11 UTC
BurningShadow
Member since:
2006-09-07

It looks like it's the "Next year is the Year Of Linux On The Desktop"-time of the year again.

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gustl Member since:
2006-01-19

In fact, it has been the year of desktop Linux since about 2000, EVERY Year.

Which is a good thing!
Before 2000, Linux was not really usable as Desktop machine, after 2000 Apps like OOo, KOffice, KDE, GNOME, Gimp and the likes were available to ease the desktop application itch and the installers became better with every release.

And people started to actually use Linux on the Desktop. Of course, first where the people who were not put off from typing shell commands and editing configuration files, but that was a start.
From then on, every year the linux distros became more and more desktop-friendly to more and more users.

Today, you can give an Ubuntu CD to anybody who maintains his own private WinXP box, and be sure he can install it and find most of the hardware in a working state after installation. He will be able to immediately write a document, draw a picture and manipulate is photographs with close to no learning.

Of course it would take that guy some time to really learn the ins and outs of Linux, but basically everything works, and he can start using Linux.

in 2000, maybe 1% of the WinXP users had been able to switch (from a competence point of view), now probably 50% are principally able to switch, at some point in the future everybody who can install and maintain Windows will be able to install and maintain Linux.
This of course does not mean that everybody who CAN switch acually DOES switch, adoption itself in large quantities will take lots of time (like most of the number crunching ist still done in FORTRAN, because switching to a different language is not convinient).

So I guess, you will have to hear the "next year, desktop Linux year" phrase quite often in the future.
For ME, the year of the Linux desktop was 2000, this was the year when I booted Windows only to play games, for everything else I used Linux.

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BurningShadow Member since:
2006-09-07

And for me that year was 1999.
Then I found out it sucked. Not because of lack of applications, becasue you're right on that. It was also easy use, no problems there. It just wasn't a desktop system. Not even BestLinux (SOT), and RedFlag was real desktop systems. They were just made to look like it.

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