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 kaiwai
by kaiwai on Tue 19th Oct 2010 02:35 UTC
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2005-07-06

I don't think Linux on the desktop is dead, it is still work in progress - many of the features required for seamless desktop and laptop functionality has only just been merged such as the ability to wake/sleep/powermanagement features. So it isn't as though Linux was feature complete but being ignored - it has been stuck in a situation of work in progress but thanks to hardware specifications being opened up that is changing.

With that being said, does it matter whether Linux is a major player on the desktop? if the end users who like Linux are happy then why should numbers matter at the end of the day? as a Mac user I don't make my purchases based on the percentage of market that Apple may have, I go with it because it does what I need it to do. The same can be said for Linux, people who use Linux use it because it does what they want thus the numbers who also use it doesn't impact on their experience at all.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Tuishimi on Tue 19th Oct 2010 16:50 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

What does a mac do (more specifically Mac OS X) that you can't do on Windows or on Linux?

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Wed 20th Oct 2010 02:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

What does a mac do (more specifically Mac OS X) that you can't do on Windows or on Linux?


Mac OS X gives me the power of UNIX with the software availability of a mainstream operating system; I can run Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, EyeTV and other stuff without a single problem which is the reason I choose it over Linux.

I choose Mac OS X over Windows because I prefer the way things are done in Mac OS X; drag and drop installation, free development tools, the way the GUI is designed etc. Microsoft has designed Windows to do things in a certain way and I'm not interested in running an operating system that operates in that way.

Why is it so surprising that there are people who run a different operating system than the one you choose to run?

Edited 2010-10-20 02:20 UTC

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