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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It's getting closer than ever
by Paradroid on Tue 19th Oct 2010 10:19 UTC
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I inherited an Acer laptop that had XP installed. When I ran Windows Update it installed SP3 which broke the wifi. I spent an age trying to fix this but the manufacturer wasn't shipping newer drivers which SP3 required.

So I installed Ubuntu and was pleasantly surprised. It had no hardware issues and the UI got very close to being good. The built in package manager is like an app store but everything is free, excellent stuff.

Unfortunately I ran into a few issues. When resumed the screen was corrupted and I couldn't fix this even after spending hours on it. Boot parameters might have helped but Grub2 was just complicated for me to understand.

I think with a little bit more work it's becoming a very viable desktop OS. Whether anyone uses it though is a different story...

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