Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th May 2008 16:20 UTC
Linux It's one of those catch phrases that never really seems to die out. Wherever you look in the operating systems world, at personal blogs written in crummy English, or at high-profile quality websites, there is bound to be someone, somewhere who used it. Even I, myself, used it in articles in a far and distant past, and I'm not particularly proud of it. "Ready for the desktop" is no longer acceptable - in fact, it's on its way out.
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Comment by satan666
by satan666 on Mon 19th May 2008 18:10 UTC
satan666
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2008-04-18

Linux is more than ready for the desktop. All it needs is
1. third party applications that would enrich the Linux environment.
2. a new generation of users that don't think the windows' way.

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RE: Comment by satan666
by Bending Unit on Mon 19th May 2008 20:47 in reply to "Comment by satan666"
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2005-07-06

... or a new generation of Linux programmers that don't blame the users rather than the software.

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RE: Comment by satan666
by Laurence on Mon 19th May 2008 21:28 in reply to "Comment by satan666"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Linux is more than ready for the desktop. All it needs is
1. third party applications that would enrich the Linux environment.
2. a new generation of users that don't think the windows' way.


Linux already has both of those. What Linux really needs is a better public image amongst those who've heard of it but never used it.

What a lot of people perceive of Linux is the old image of ~10 years ago:
* Ugly desktops
* command line hell
* having to compile everything you want to install
* lack of drivers (though Linux would benefit from more manufacturers porting OS drivers instead of binaries / OSS advocates having to reverse-engineer their own open source drivers)
* and other such FUD.

I've been using Linux pretty much exclusively as my desktop OS at home for a few years now and, aside professional music production, I've never once thought "I really need Windows to get this job done right"

Unfortunately Linux's poor public image is a bit of a "chicken and egg" scenario.
It's hard to introduce new users to Linux while they already have a fully functional desktop (be it Windows or OS X) so you need to get OEMs on board to sell systems with Linux pre-installed. However OEMs aren't going to ship Linux systems if they don't believe the market is there (it simply wouldn't be cost effective for them).

Thankfully with the OMPCs shipping with Linux, Vista's high system requirements and bad publicity - the tides are changing (albeit slowly).

NB Sorry for the long post guys hehe.

Edited 2008-05-19 21:29 UTC

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