Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 19:23 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's one complaint we here at OSNews get thrown in our faces quite often: what's up with the lack of, you know, operating system news on OSNews? Why so much mobile phone news? Why so much talk of H264, HTML5, and Flash? Where's the juicy news on tomorrow's operating systems? Since it's weekend, I might as well explain why things are the way they are. Hint: it has nothing to do with a lack of willingness.
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Did you read my mind?
by Anonymous Penguin on Sat 15th May 2010 23:46 UTC
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2005-07-06

Did you read my mind?:D
Actually I have had this kind of thoughts going through my mind quite often of late.
And for me it isn't even Windows, OS X and Linux any longer. Linux is becoming the toy OS for me: far too many issues, especially with graphics drivers, far too many distros, far too many releases...but not enough quality apps. Besides it is too much Ubuntu and too little of the others: who remembers the beautiful, shiny SUSE boxes? 5 CDS, 2 DVDs, two large manuals...that wasn't just a Linux distro, it was a monument to operating systems!
And then you could find Red Hat boxes, Mandrake ones in shops: all quite impressive. Everybody, including myself, believed desktop Linux had a glorious future... Who believes that any longer? Maybe one percent of computer users.
As to minor operating systems, like Sky OS, they literally promised the earth: they were going to take the world over. I supported them financially, but I knew it was going to be a failure. How much money and devs do you need in order to develop a modern OS, supporting a zillion of different hardware combinations and having a reasonable number of decent applications? But they (Sky OS) had only one dictator and a handful of helpers!

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RE: Did you read my mind?
by Bobthearch on Sun 16th May 2010 00:59 in reply to "Did you read my mind?"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Linux is becoming the toy OS for me: far too many issues, especially with graphics drivers, far too many distros, far too many releases...but not enough quality apps. Besides it is too much Ubuntu and too little of the others: who remembers the beautiful, shiny SUSE boxes? 5 CDS, 2 DVDs, two large manuals...that wasn't just a Linux distro, it was a monument to operating systems!
And then you could find Red Hat boxes, Mandrake ones in shops: all quite impressive. Everybody, including myself, believed desktop Linux had a glorious future... Who believes that any longer? Maybe one percent of computer users.


I think the Year of the Desktop Linux was in ca. 2001-2003. if you blinked or were late to the scene, you missed it. Linux retail boxes in all the stores, Linux distros were having IPOs like real companies, the first pre-installed Linux computers, television commercials, media attention...
RedHat, Suse, Mandrake, Slackware, Suse, Lindows...

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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06


I think the Year of the Desktop Linux was in ca. 2001-2003. if you blinked or were late to the scene, you missed it. Linux retail boxes in all the stores, Linux distros were having IPOs like real companies, the first pre-installed Linux computers, television commercials, media attention...
RedHat, Suse, Mandrake, Slackware, Suse, Lindows...


I agree, absolutely. I lived that era, it was glorious.

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