Linked by Adam S on Wed 18th Jun 2008 17:59 UTC, submitted by TB
Linux For years now we have heard about Linux on the desktop and its need to make a concerted effort to illustrate its value to the end user and whatnot. The point of it all being is that if we expect Linux to become a household name, we must find away to get it into the minds of the typical user, like we have seen with Windows.
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Well...
by gan17 on Wed 18th Jun 2008 18:35 UTC
gan17
Member since:
2008-06-03

I actually like the fact there are hundreds of Linux distros on the market.

I'm new to Linux and have only tried a handful, but it's nice to know there are choices for different needs.

IMHO, Linux cannot succeed by itself, for desktop use at least. Hardware manufacturer's and companies that make proprietary stuff (Adobe..etc) have to lend support as well.... but as long as Microcrap is around, waving it's checkbook and threatening manufacturers to backtrack on Open Source support (eg:Asus), Linux will face a tough battle.

Well, the rebellion did beat the evil empire in that famous trilogy (forgot the title) , so there's always hope. Maybe Google will lend Linux more help in future.

Who knows, in the future, just as Linux is about to overtake Microcrap in market share, Steve Ballmer may come up to Linus Torvalds and use the "I am your Father" line... just before chopping off Linus' USB cords.

Edited 2008-06-18 18:37 UTC

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RE: Well...
by tomcat on Wed 18th Jun 2008 23:28 in reply to "Well..."
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2006-01-06

I actually like the fact there are hundreds of Linux distros on the market... I'm new to Linux


Ahhhh. The second statement explains the first.

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RE[2]: Well...
by stabbyjones on Thu 19th Jun 2008 00:30 in reply to "RE: Well..."
stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

Saying anything other than MS or Microsoft will also make anything you say less relevant no matter how many star wars references are in there.

Dollar signs and the various iterations of Microsofts make you look like a scriptkiddie.

Until more companies take a page from Dell and ASUS by offering a 'choice' the only way to avoid paying microsoft is to build your own machine.

Everyone who can't will continue paying microsoft money without any kind of marketing required at all. THAT is where microsoft needs to be hit.

Once there is an OEM base Ubuntu can start making Ipod commercials and comparing how nerdy Debian is compared to the hip and cool Ubuntu...

"wow debian, you have to do more than press a button to enable desktop effects?"

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RE[2]: Well... - the old like choice too
by jabbotts on Thu 19th Jun 2008 13:09 in reply to "RE: Well..."
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I'm old to Linux based OS and I also like the fact that hundreds of different OS happen to use the Linux kernel at there core. Some very specialized, some very general. I May spend most of my time with one distro but that doesn't bar me from using other distros and specialty builds where applicable.. and I'm not "new to linux".

(if only we'd limited horseless buggies to the model T painted black!!.. That's the only way we'll ever defeat teh evil empire of horse drawn buggies.)

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