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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The Desktop is dead!
by RagaR on Tue 19th Oct 2010 06:29 UTC
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GNU/Linux is ready for the desktop since Ubuntu 6.04. It has replaced 3 of 4 of my other closed source operating systems and the last one is running is OS X. A question about time.

The only drawback of Desktop Linux is, in my opinion: You can't administrate your system with the gui. But that is because GNU/Linux is a *nix system and respects multi-user and root privileges. Windows7 and Mac OS X bypass this with a popup, asking for that rights with one click. In turn for loosing integrity.

The real mess: The Desktop paradigma does not work on operating systems with some 10,000 files needed to work. Who knows about every file and about the status of it?

And that is the chance for GNU/Linux. It does not depend on a gui paradigma. Put another one on top of it. GNU/Linux is defined by choice. Not by the art of its one and only gui.

Let us face the fact: The gui of the future is the browser. That is the interface. Who cares about the OS anymore?

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