Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 21:54 UTC
Linux Well, it's been a while since we've opened this particular jar (box is not historically accurate) owned by Pandora. Desktop Linux... Yes, that ever elusive readiness of the desktop that is Linux-powered. Some story on ComputerWorld argues that the desktop Linux dream is dead, and apparently, the story is causing some stir on the web. Well, paint me pink and call me a lightbulb, but of course desktop Linux is dead. However - who gives a flying monkey? Linux is being used by more people than ever!
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Comment by emilsedgh
by emilsedgh on Mon 18th Oct 2010 22:10 UTC
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I dont think so. PC's and desktop's are going to stay with us for the next few decades and the competition isnt over. It will never be over.

And the adoption of Linux on other areas, like smartphones, will just help it grow on desktop.

Give it more time. Like a decade or so.

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RE: Comment by emilsedgh
by lfeagan on Mon 18th Oct 2010 22:35 in reply to "Comment by emilsedgh"
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Desktop Linux certainly is not dead nor it is going to suddenly rise up and overtake the market.

A small percentage of technical professionals who have legitimate needs will continue to embrace Linux on their desktop both for its capabilities and the ease of inter-operation with *NIX servers. (I am in this group)

If smart phones continue the march towards being ever more capable in CPU, graphics, RAM, and storage, users will want to use them more like a desktop. This will necessitate manufactures providing input and output device support for the Linux flavors present on the popular devices. Hopefully these manufactures can also be convinced to simply give away their source code or specifications so other distributions can take advantage. This march towards greater capability will almost certainly be augmented to some extent through distributed computing and storage capabilities.

If more companies are creating applications that can run on phone Linux distributions, they may decide that adding support for Ubuntu, SuSE, Fedora, etc is financially worth their time.

Will this process happen overnight? Most definitely not. However, there is a reasonable likelihood that over the next decade improved device and application support will trickle down as a result of the move towards Linux in the smart phone market.

Will there be a great FOSS software uprise? Not likely. People tend to like food, shelter, etc. If home users were more willing to donate for decent software, this could happen. Unfortunately most users have little appreciation for the work that it takes to get a solid piece of software out the door.

One of my favorite dialogues is from the movie "The American President". It has some keen insight into how people behave.

Lewis Rothschild: You have a deeper love of this country than any man I've ever known. And I want to know what it says to you that in the past seven weeks, 59% of Americans have begun to question your patriotism.
President Andrew Shepherd: Look, if the people want to listen to-...
Lewis Rothschild: They don't have a choice! Bob Rumson is the only one doing the talking! People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.
President Andrew Shepherd: Lewis, we've had presidents who were beloved, who couldn't find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference.

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RE[2]: Comment by emilsedgh
by IvoLimmen on Tue 19th Oct 2010 05:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by emilsedgh"
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+1 for "The American President" quote!

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Never Gonna happen, Sorry
by RichterKuato on Tue 19th Oct 2010 01:00 in reply to "Comment by emilsedgh"
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This is a absolute surprise to no one. We all know that Microsoft controls the distribution channels (OEMs, Retailers, etc.) They also have the applications barrier to entry on their side.

Even if Microsoft didn't control critical channels there would still be a positioning/marketing issue. What if Windows was also FOSS? Why then, would anyone choose Linux? Well, it might as well be for all the majority of PC customers care.

The true strength of Linux lies in electronic products that rival the PC.

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RE: Never Gonna happen, Sorry
by korpenkraxar on Wed 20th Oct 2010 14:04 in reply to "Never Gonna happen, Sorry"
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The true strength of Linux lies in electronic products that rival the PC.

Well spoken Sir. The problem as I see it, is that we seem to lose GNU in those products...

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