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In the News From all of us at OSNews, we'd like to wish you a happy and healthy new year. In honor of the new year, we'd like to ask you: what headlines do you expect to read in the tech world in 2008? Are you expecting iPhone rev2? Or maybe Vista SP1's success? Perhaps Hardy Heron's world domination? Will Google's Android swallow the cellphone market? Can Facebook continue to rule the roost in social networking? Tell us what you expect in the comments!
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naturally
by Bit_Rapist on Tue 1st Jan 2008 17:12 UTC
Bit_Rapist
Member since:
2005-11-13

Its the year of the Linux Desktop! ;)

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RE: naturally
by lord_rob on Tue 1st Jan 2008 17:46 in reply to "naturally"
lord_rob Member since:
2005-08-06

Every year is a bit more the year of the Linux desktop. I realize that when my barber knows what I'm talking of when I tell him I use Linux as my main OS on my two PCs. And my barber is not at all a computer nerd like I am. He's just a normal citizen who's telling more and more people are becoming aware of the presence of Linux.

Now, if 2008 is going to revolutionize the Linux presence on desktop computers, I don't know, we'll see :-)

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RE[2]: naturally
by KugelKurt on Tue 1st Jan 2008 21:33 in reply to "RE: naturally"
KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

From time to time Linux development confuses me. Current Linux distros have GPU accelerated effects on the desktop. When I plug in an external hard drive, it works immediately, but when I add an additional internal hard drive, I still have to edit /etc/fstab manually.

When I switched the graphics card in my Linux PC a few weeks ago, I had to reconfigure Xorg from the command line, because the driver from the older graphic card failed to load (obviously, as it's different hardware). Xorg didn't load the "radeon" driver by itself, even though it was installed. At least it could have fallen back to the Vesa driver.

I'm experienced enough to use the CLI. For me it wasn't really a huge problem. But I wonder about the development priorities from the Linux distributors. Why do they pay people to write compiz etc. to produce eye candy effects, when changing/adding internal hardware components is still a bitch? Do they think that eye candy is more important to common users than getting a system to work? Do they think that common users never change internal hardware after the initial Linux installation that it isn't needed to use the hardware detection techniques used during installation at a later time?
AFAIK many operating systems work like this: During boot a small program launches to check if the hardware configuration changed. If yes, the best driver on the system is loaded and the new hardware configuration gets saved.

To be fair, I didn't try every Linux distribution out there. I did, however, made above experiences with current releases of Ubuntu (7.10) and openSUSE (10.3).
My personal "year of the linux desktop" will be the year when fstab and xorg.conf are no longer needed.

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RE: naturally
by sbergman27 on Tue 1st Jan 2008 18:36 in reply to "naturally"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

"""
Its the year of the Linux Desktop! ;)
"""

Indeed it will be. I fully expect to see evolutionary improvements in quality and capability, along with modest increases in usage share on corporate desktops, and to a lesser extent, home desktops. Just as we have seen every year.

I've been watching and waiting for 11 years. And if it takes another 11 I can accept that. These kinds of sea changes don't happen overnight. And in the end, I envision a more mixed, multiplatform landscape, and not one in which any one player, even Linux, dominates. I do not want or expect to see Microsoft obliterated. Only tamed.

Edited 2008-01-01 18:39

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RE: naturally
by astroraptor on Tue 1st Jan 2008 18:46 in reply to "naturally"
astroraptor Member since:
2005-07-22

Good one. Been coming here for about 3-4 years and every year seems to be same.

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RE: naturally
by ebasconp on Wed 2nd Jan 2008 01:50 in reply to "naturally"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

The distance between the "Linux desktop year" (f) and any year (Y) is defined as the following function:

f(Y) = 1/Y

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RE: naturally
by Soulbender on Wed 2nd Jan 2008 04:05 in reply to "naturally"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I predict that will happen at least sooner than the year of the Windows server.

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