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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I beg to differ!
by Datatracer on Tue 19th Oct 2010 20:49 UTC
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Linux on the desktop dead? Considering I personally have 5 Linux machines for various tasks and an Android phone, Linux has a rather large footprint in my life. I've been using it regularly since 1995. However, my main desktop is now an i7 "mac", with a dual boot between OS X and Linux, since I need to run Adobe apps and Final Cut. OS X is still unix, so I'm right at home on it, and easily switch back and forth.

Adoption of Linux on the desktop has never been about the OS itself, it's all about SOFTWARE! ... and I'm not talking about open source equivalents. If I could stabilly run Photoshop, After Effects, Final Cut and other commercial software on a Linux machine with all 8 cores plus graphics acceleration, I'd have no problem getting rid of OS X! I haven't used Windows in almost 7 years. You can have Windows 7. I have no interest in it whatsoever.

The problem with making a statement like the "Linux Desktop is dead", is that it's pretty difficult to quantify just how many people are using it on a daily basis. Let's get some *real* numbers, and then we'll see where the Linux desktop really stands.

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