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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Server vs. what else?
by Doc Pain on Thu 26th Jul 2007 22:50 UTC
Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

I'd like to elaborate on a point that I think is worth to be mentioned.

When I first read the statement "Linux [is] Not Just for Servers Anymore", I tended to ask myself: What is a server? How does it differ from a desktop? And why shouldn't Linux be good be for something else than servers just right now?

Today, most desktop PCs are servers. Some of them intentionally offer server functionalities (serving web pages, sharing files and databases, offering remote access). Some of them even run "headless".

There's one problem I see: While server activities are one of the specialities of Linux OSes, they can cause problems on the desktop (home user's) site. Because server operations do make a difference between the administrator (who has special knowledge and experience, the ability to read and the power to solve problems on his own) and the "ordinary" users (who expect everything to work by its own), security barriers are abandoned step by step to make the "non-server type user" feeling comfortable with the Linux OS. As long as abstraction tools, included in a GUI framework (usually KDE) do offer easy access to these administrative tasks, and as long as there is a proper preconfiguration, there surely won't be any problem to make use of Linux outside a server environment.

A personal note: I'm using Linux since 1995 on the desktop, allthough FreeBSD and Solaris are my main OSes at home and at work. Coming from the world of mainframes and commercial UNIX OSes, Linux OSes were really a joy to use. All of them are great desktop OSes and, at least for me, always have been.

Because of its ongoing good development, Linux will increase its mind share, usage share, and, maybe, its oh joy oh praise oh market share.

Linux is a great OS for servers, desktops, and mixed forms, hey, even for embedded devices - and has been for years. I always thought this is OS News, not OS Olds... :-)

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