Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Apr 2009 22:32 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu According to Canonical head honcho Mark Shuttleworth, Windows 7 presents the ideal opportunity for Linux to gain significant inroads into the desktop market. He said so in an interview with InternetNews. While I certainly do hope so, an eerie sense of deja vu creeps up on me: isn't this like the 923298th opportunity where Linux is supposed to make inroads into the desktop market?
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RE[2]: Time for a new OS
by mrAmiga500 on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 01:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Time for a new OS"
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Yes, I have hopes for Haiku, but I don't think it'll ever get beyond hobby status. I'd like to see a company like Google attempt an OS. They actually have the resources to get something going (although their only reason to make an OS would be to kill Microsoft). If they made a snappy responsive lightweight OS, we'd see something interesting.

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RE[3]: Time for a new OS
by sbenitezb on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 02:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Time for a new OS"
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It is not only the OS, also the applications.

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RE[4]: Time for a new OS
by mrAmiga500 on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 02:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Time for a new OS"
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Yes, yes, I know. But for the average schmo, all they need is a good browser, email, music player and a couple other programs to start. If it got popular, the applications would come.

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RE[4]: Time for a new OS
by lemur2 on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 04:29 in reply to "RE[3]: Time for a new OS"
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It is not only the OS, also the applications.

There are over 10,000 applications available for Linux in the distribution repositories alone (over 20,000 packages, but most applications require multiple packages).

If you were to try out 3 new applications each day, every day ... in 10 years you would get through all of those that are available right now.

But of course, by that time, there would be at least 10,000 more made available in the interim.

The point is ... Windows people on forums who try to disparage Linux for having a lack of applications rarely mention any actual real-life lack, and even then, if they do, they are often many years behind the times when it comes to what current desktop applications for Linux are actually like.

There is even a classic on this thread:
"Some linux apps don't cut it. Abiword becomes really slow with large docs (OpenOffice works better with them) but it's fine for smaller docs."

It is (I imagine) meant to leave you with the impression that somehow Linux Word Processor options "don't cut it". However, in reality, Abiword should be compared (apples with apples) with Wordpad, in which contest Abiword soundly beats Wordpad in every way imagineable, including the size of document it can reasonably handle, and including cross-platform availability and interoperability. OpenOffice should be compared with MS Office ... and of the two, OpenOffice is easily the one which handles large documents better.

Linux applications can "cut it" all right ... no problem whatsoever.

Edited 2009-04-03 04:42 UTC

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