Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th May 2009 19:06 UTC
Linux We all know them. We all hate them. They are generally overdone, completely biased, or so vague they border on the edge of pointlessness (or toppled over said edge). Yes, I'm talking about those "Is Linux ready for the desktop" articles. Still, this one is different.
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It is on my desktop already
by kensai on Mon 18th May 2009 20:31 UTC
kensai
Member since:
2005-12-27

Linux is on my desktop since 2004, and now you tell me it isn't ready for the desktop? Thanks, Thom for bringing this great and not overdone article. My eyes have been opened for the first time, I have been using something not ready for the desktop for more than 5 years, GOSH.

I should switch now, but where should I go? Well, that leaves me with FreeBSD as the next best OS for the desktop.

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RE: It is on my desktop already
by DavidSan on Mon 18th May 2009 23:06 in reply to "It is on my desktop already"
DavidSan Member since:
2008-11-18

Linux is on my desktop since 2004, and now you tell me it isn't ready for the desktop? Thanks, Thom for bringing this great and not overdone article. My eyes have been opened for the first time, I have been using something not ready for the desktop for more than 5 years, GOSH.

I should switch now, but where should I go? Well, that leaves me with FreeBSD as the next best OS for the desktop.


Yeah right.. FreeBSD is a server operating system... You just sound as a Linux geek, they just do not know what a desktop operating system is or needs to do.

Maybe that's why Linux is free, and it is only used in servers. Desktop, less than 1% market share... Oops, sorry, this year Linux got 1%, spread about 300 distros.

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rhavenn Member since:
2006-05-12

Yeah right.. FreeBSD is a server operating system... You just sound as a Linux geek, they just do not know what a desktop operating system is or needs to do.

Maybe that's why Linux is free, and it is only used in servers. Desktop, less than 1% market share... Oops, sorry, this year Linux got 1%, spread about 300 distros.


I would argue that between the 2, FreeBSD is a better desktop OS then Linux. A unified code base with a specific set of core programs that leave a function system. Different from the Linux philosophy where Linux is the kernel ONLY and each distro slaps stuff on top of it in a different fashion. The thing Linux has going for it is commercial support which is rather sad. It would be far, far easier for commercial companies to target FreeBSD. There is only one target to track and the license is far more permissive. The real problem was in the early 90's a lawsuit scared off many potential commercial vendors and the ball started rolling to Linux. Unfortunately, it snowballed and Linux is still rolling.

FreeBSD has better sound support, with virtual hardware mixing built into the kernel. However, it does lack some device drivers. X, the GUI apps, etc.. are all identical to Linux so it really isn't better or worse. In my experience, BSD performs far better under system load then Linux when running X. Linux tends to "freeze" up when under load even when trying to login to a SSH terminal. FreeBSD allows for better logins and end user performance when under heavy load.

All in all, if Adobe released Flash for BSD I would use it as a primary system in a heart beat. nVidia driver support for x64 should be coming in the fall 8.0 release as well, so one less reason to run Linux.

As someone stated above, Linux / BSD let you do what you want to do with a computer. Windows lets you do what it thinks you want to do. Of course, it's also very easy to totally destroy your system in Linux / BSD due to this, but in the end it's a better way of doing things and I would pick Linux / BSD over Windows as a primary desktop any day.

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asmoore82 Member since:
2009-03-11

Maybe that's why Linux is free, and it is only used in servers. Desktop, less than 1% market share... Oops, sorry, this year Linux got 1%, spread about 300 distros.


Believe as you will, even if they are blatantly paid for "statistics"
In the real world, Linux's DESKTOP Marketshare steadily rises
and will continue to do so.

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-140314.html

^BOTH Independent sources agree that Linux DESKTOP[/laptop] Marketshare was ~3% BEFORE the netbook explosion.

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transom Member since:
2009-03-02

Thank God every single brain dead anti-Linux post on OSNews shows up in Google News as a separate "article" or I would have missed the parent!

This site should be nuked from orbit.

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