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 koki
by koki on Tue 19th Oct 2010 02:55 UTC
koki
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2005-10-17

It's not that Linux has failed on the desktop, but rather that the desktop is becoming less and less relevant in the personal computing space. People need to stop using the term "desktop" as if it were the one and only personal computing form factor and have instead to look at the personal computing space as a whole, encompassing all the new form factors that have come into play in the market in the last few years: MIDs, tablets and (yes) phones.

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RE: Comment by koki
by lemur2 on Tue 19th Oct 2010 06:09 in reply to "Comment by koki"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

It's not that Linux has failed on the desktop, but rather that the desktop is becoming less and less relevant in the personal computing space. People need to stop using the term "desktop" as if it were the one and only personal computing form factor and have instead to look at the personal computing space as a whole, encompassing all the new form factors that have come into play in the market in the last few years: MIDs, tablets and (yes) phones.


Speaking of the tendency to use the term "desktop" as if it were the one and only personal computing form factor, there is also a tendency I have noticed to exclude netbooks from the category of desktop.

This is probably due to the fact that worldwide, Linux is installed on 33% of netbooks.

In addition, machines like the OLPC are not to be considered as desktops. Oh no, can't have that. Nor "other OS" on PS3's, can't count that. Dual boot machines aren't desktops either, apparently, but if they are then the are clearly Windows desktops (just ignore any other boot options). Likewise, Splashtop isn't Linux either. Virtualbox or VMware have no purpose on Windows desktops, of course not.

As for this thing, it plainly doesn't exist:
http://www.windowsfordevices.com/c/a/News/Lenovo-IdeaPad-U1/

La, la, la, I can't hear you.

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