Linked by Smith Johnson on Wed 25th Jun 2008 19:07 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y A Computerworld blog post reads: "You gotta love it. Microsoft has decided that it will ho ahead and kill off easy access to XP on June 30th. On behalf of desktop Linux users everywhere, and our first cousins, the Mac fans, thanks. You've given us the best shot we'll ever have of taking the desktop."
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Apple is the real beneficiary here...
by tomcat on Wed 25th Jun 2008 20:50 UTC
tomcat
Member since:
2006-01-06

Not Linux. Why? Because people want packaged solutions. They don't want to hack together a system, they don't want to install some random distro downloaded from the Web, they don't want to uckfay around with dysfunctional Linux drivers, they just want everything to work fine directly from the supplier. Unless OEMs start shipping Linux on a significant number of boxes, it ain't gonna happen. Face it: Linux market share has actually DROPPED in the past several years, compared to Apple, which is GAINING share. It's hard to see how ANYONE but Apple can see this announcement as a bonus.

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gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

I use both MacOS and Linux. Mac for Adobe and Corel stuff (I'm a digital painter / retoucher / fine-art printer) and Linux for everything else....

I think Linux will benefit just as much as Apple. With a worldwide recession looming, many people will tighten their belts.... and cheap Linux based systems would be the optimal solution. Many poorer nations could buy used computers from the west and use them with a lightweight Xfce based distro. Yeah sure, Apple will continue to profit from creative pros and fashion victims, but I can see Linux making some gains, especially in Asia.

Also, most modern distros work great. I've yet to encounter any driver problems with Ubuntu 8.04 (and I've installed it on 6 different computers).

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

I think Linux will benefit just as much as Apple. With a worldwide recession looming, many people will tighten their belts.... and cheap Linux based systems would be the optimal solution. Many poorer nations could buy used computers from the west and use them with a lightweight Xfce based distro.


Look, I can only respond by referring you to real-world numbers: Apple is increasing in market share. Linux is declining in market share. I see nothing in the market which will change those dynamics.

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gonzo Member since:
2005-11-10


I use both MacOS and Linux. Mac for Adobe and Corel stuff (I'm a digital painter / retoucher / fine-art printer) and Linux for everything else....


In other words, you don't need Linux at all.

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Coral Snake Member since:
2005-07-07

I tend to go for Mandriva Power Pack myself as I dont have the anti "proprietary software*" fetish that the Stallman followers have.

*GPL stuff us copyrighted and therefore also proprietary after a fashion. The only genuinely non proprietary software is public domain in its original form before both closed source and GPL programmers modify it for their own works.

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