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Linux distro #37264828737
by nt_jerkface on Sun 19th Sep 2010 23:04 UTC
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Member since:
2009-08-26

At some point there will be more Linux distros than users.

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RE: Linux distro #37264828737
by lemur2 on Mon 20th Sep 2010 00:39 in reply to "Linux distro #37264828737"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

At some point there will be more Linux distros than users.


Oh dear, you aren't on about that again are you?

Here, do yourself a favour and do some reading:
http://broadcast.oreilly.com/2010/09/debunking-the-1-myth.html

If we do the math we find that due to netbooks alone Linux captured nearly 6% of the desktop market in 2009.


Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Using a slide to visualize OS market share Ballmer had Linux desktop market share as a slightly larger slice of the pie than MacOS.


Rather than simply believe whatever rubbish you are spoon-fed, educate yourself a little beyond what the media-marketing-powers-that-be want you to believe.

BTW: If you are having trouble deciding on a Linux distribution to use, just choose one upon which others base themselves. There are really only four choices: Debian, RedHat, OpenSuSe and Slackware.

ReHat is primarily for servers (use CentOS if you don't need paid support). SuSe is being sold. Slackware isn't all that user-friendly, and it is getting a bit long in the tooth now.

That leaves debian/Ubuntu. Debian is more stable in its "stable" long-term-support version (currently, this is Lenny), but less user-friendly and has less of a following, so online help isn't as prevalent. Use the MEPIS distribution if you opt for Debian, to help a bit in the user-friendliness department.

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mepis

The best choice for a Linux desktop at this time is thus, probably, Ubuntu LTS (aka Ubuntu 10.04, or Ubuntu Lucid Lynx). This distribution comes in KDE, GNOME, XFCE and LXDE flavours, going from the most powerful desktop down to the most lightweight. Choose one depending on the relative capability (or lack of age, if you will) of your hardware. If you have high-end or relatively recent hardware, and/or you are very familiar with Windows, then KDE will probably represent the best choice of desktop, otherwise choose GNOME unless your hardware is relatively old or under-powered, in which case the LXDE variant is probably your best bet ("Lubuntu" is the name of the Ubuntu variant you want for LXDE).

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=lubuntu

Edited 2010-09-20 00:46 UTC

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Oh dear, you aren't on about that again are you?

Here, do yourself a favour and do some reading:
http://broadcast.oreilly.com/2010/09/debunking-the-1-myth.html


I don't think he was referring to the amount of people using Linux but instead to the huge amount of distros there are. Atleast it sounds like that to my ear.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Why do the most ardent Linux supporters seem to lack a sense of humor?

Here, do yourself a favour and do some reading:
http://broadcast.oreilly.com/2010/09/debunking-the-1-myth.html

Already did:
http://www.binplay.com/2010/09/yes-linux-really-has-1.html


BTW: If you are having trouble deciding on a Linux distribution to use, just choose one upon which others base themselves. There are really only four choices: Debian, RedHat, OpenSuSe and Slackware.


Again with the condescending attitude. I already have a favorite distro, thanks. It's called Clonezilla.
http://clonezilla.org/

For future reference you should probably assume that anyone who posts at a website called OSNEWS has tried a few Linux distros.

The best choice for a Linux desktop at this time is

I don't think Linux is ready for the desktop. I think it needs to bake a few more years before being pushed on the public. It's fine for servers and cell phones but on the desktop it still has too many rough edges.

Edited 2010-09-20 06:39 UTC

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

re the 1% article, it was a great mix of common sense and downright stupidity.

He is right that the numbers don't add up. That's because that hitslink site is about what is actually being used, not what is sold or bought.

The over counting of windows is a new one to me, I would imagine windows dramatically under counted -- most corporate/governament networks are only visible to the outside world as a single IP addresses, and most corporate/governament networks are 100% MS.

Using sales numbers doesn't really mean anything. At my first job, I remember needing a few crappy machines for something. An IT guy brought me into a basement room filled with probably about 300 several years old NT4 machines. If you looked at sales stats, those all would have been considered windows machines. In this case, I have many friends who have netbooks, but they all installed either xp, windows 7, or osx on them. Hitslink would catch that, netbook sales numbers wont.

At the end of the day, the hitslink numbers should not be taken as gospel, but they are by far the most reliable actual usage numbers we can get.

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RE: Linux distro #37264828737
by Soulbender on Mon 20th Sep 2010 14:59 in reply to "Linux distro #37264828737"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I guess poking fun at Linux isn't very popular. I thought it was pretty funny but alas, I am not allowed to mod you up.

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