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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Myth
by lemur2 on Mon 18th Oct 2010 22:46 UTC
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Its a myth. It is what vested interests (such as PC World for example) want everyone to believe.

There are other sources of articles which point in entirely the opposite direction:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2368511,00.asp

3. We weren't going to do Windows. This was another no-brainer. We like Windows, and don't want to downplay what it does for computers. But shelling out money for a Microsoft OS would have eaten up at least half our budget—and maybe more—and that would have torpedoed the project from the get-go. So we resigned ourselves at the outset to using a version of Linux that would both do the job and provide plenty of the software we expected to need at a perfectly placed price (in other words: free).


You can win on price but not suffer for performance running desktop Linux:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2368585,00.asp

Desktop Linux will be far easier and cheaper for you to maintain, which is a cost that you will never see included in Microsoft-sponsored "TCO" studies:
http://blogs.techworld.com/war-on-error/2010/10/heres-a-crazy-secur...

There are many, many use cases where running Windows is pure insanity, and where desktop Linux is a perfect solution.

Just don't expect them to show up in sales figures when the only thing you are allowed to buy in commercial consumer computer shops is Windows.

Edited 2010-10-18 22:53 UTC

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