Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Nov 2008 21:22 UTC
Linux Even though there are a lot of happy people using Apple's iPhone very happily, there's also a group of people who are not so happy, most likely because of Apple's rather strict policies regarding applications and developers. While most of these people would just jailbreak the thing, some take it a step further - by installing another operating system. Yes, Linux now runs on the iPhone (1st gen/2nd gen, and the 1st gen iPod Touch).
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I feel like I just had this discussion on /.
by abraxas on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 22:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Wha?"
abraxas
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Linux uptake has absolutely nothing to do with a stable ABI. It's just one of the many idiotic reasons that come up every time Linux's success on the Desktop comes up. If that really was an issue Linux would not be doing so well in server marketshare. This argument belongs with the "X sucks", "multipls distros suck", and "multiple desktops suck" arguments. Multiple distros hasn't caused any issues in ther server market either.

As for your stated goal of "everything working out of the box", I don't think anyone has any illusions of that ever being the case. It's not even the case for Windows. Not only that it makes no difference whatsoever. People don't install their own OS. Linux won't gain desktop marketshare without preinstallations and people won't switch until they have a compelling reason to. Some of use have already found that reason, others have not. If we can get a "killer app" that only works on Linux, or works much better on Linux than Windows then maybe Linux will start to take away a measureable percentage of Microsoft's desktop marketshare.

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