Linked by David Adams on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 16:36 UTC, submitted by Amy Bennett
Windows As of today, Microsoft won't allow manufacturers to install XP on new netbooks," says blogger Kevin Fogarty. "That doesn't mean corporate customers who special-order hardware with XP won't be able to get it, or even that its market share ( 60 percent!) will drop any time soon.... It just means XP has taken the first babystep toward obsolescence and the long (really long, considering its market share) slide down toward the pit of minor operating systems like the MacOS X (4.39 percent) , Java ME (.95 percent) and "Other" (which I think is an alternative spelling for "Linux" (.85 percent).
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RE[2]: Maybe an overdue step
by bassbeast on Mon 25th Oct 2010 00:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Maybe an overdue step"
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Actually as much as the FOSS crowd would boo, I honestly think Win 3.x would be a good description of why Linux isn't setting markets on fire. With 3.x what you had was a shell on top of DOS, with Linux what you have is a DE on top of Bash. Just like how we had to drop into DOS to get things unborked, so to in Linux does one often need Bash for waaay too many things.

Just look at Apple: love them or hate them they have made the GUI and user experience job #1, and it shows. Same with Windows 7. In either OS one need NEVER touch the CLI, even for admin tasks, because everything is based on the GUI. With Linux not only were the distros chosen for netbooks lousy, but even if they'd have went with Ubuntu any problems equal crawling some forum and looking for a "fix" that ALWAYS starts with "open up bash and type" this big mess that often needs to be "tweaked" to work.

So I'd say the core problem is Linux is at its heart a server OS, being written by developers that know and love the CLI. This is completely the opposite of the consumer market, where most don't even know their OS HAS a CLI, much less has ANY desire to interact with it. Ultimately if Linux is to have ANY chance at the mainstream consumer market I believe that a desktop distro like Ubuntu needs to fork the kernel away from Linus and the server devs, institute a "pixel perfect" guideline similar to Apple, and demand CLI DIAF. Make the OS a desktop and desktop ONLY, and then it really has a shot.

But trying to force users to do things the Unix way will only end in fail, which is why the big box retailers and little shops like mine don't carry Linux.

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