Linked by David Adams on Fri 12th Aug 2011 03:50 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft no longer thinks Linux poses a threat to its desktop Windows business. Directions on Microsoft's Wes Miller pointed out via Twitter how Microsoft has changed the boilerplate "Competition" section in its last two annual financial filings with the SEC.
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by dragossh on Fri 12th Aug 2011 06:21 UTC
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I guess GNOME 3, KDE 4 and Unity succeeded in their mission ;)

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by nomemory on Fri 12th Aug 2011 07:47 in reply to "Successful"
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I just wanted to say: EXACTLY!

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by joekiser on Fri 12th Aug 2011 13:57 in reply to "Successful"
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From the article:

"This only applies to the Windows desktop, however."

In other words, Linux on the server is still a huge threat, but when it comes to desktop usage, you are exactly right. In addition to the three projects you mentioned, there's the problem of buggy graphics drivers from everybody except nVidia, and half the time you can't suspend/resume with the blob.

With regard to KDE4, Gnome3, Unity, there's one other thing to take into consideration: Microsoft got Windows 7 right. Add Cygwin and gVim and you've got a mature, stable desktop. The closest thing we have in FOSS is KDE4, which seems like the buggy, retarded clone of Win7. Unless you're broke, or follower of some ideology, there's no real advantage to using a Linux desktop anymore.

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by leech on Fri 12th Aug 2011 14:18 in reply to "RE: Successful"
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Well except that Windows 7 still likes to try to control your environment far too much for my likes.

I really can't stand using Windows for much more than launching games.

If they ported Steam and all the games under it for Linux, I can pretty much guarantee a lot of people would switch. The only reason that hasn't happened with the Mac OS X port, is that the initial purchase price of Macs are still WAY too high for the hardware you get.

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by Neolander on Fri 12th Aug 2011 15:14 in reply to "RE: Successful"
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I'd say that in my experience, the Win7 UX ranks very high in the hall of shame of retardedness. Performance is terrible, the updating system... well... makes me wonder if abolishing death penalty was the right choice, the explorer breadcrumbs are ridiculously small and you need to hack your system with admin rights to get a Up button, the control panel is a mess, Notepad++ is no match for a Kate as far as usability is concerned...

GNOME 2 on F14 is far from flawless (#1 urge to kill is that column of inactive pixels on the corner of the panel, making mouse targeting stupidly painful), but it works definitely best for me.

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by senshikaze on Fri 12th Aug 2011 15:59 in reply to "RE: Successful"
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I freaking love Gnome 3. But there is a very good reason why it is called "personal preference." The Gnome 3, Unity, KDE, OS X DM, Windows DM argument sounds like the same fucking argument over gay marriage in the US. Who cares?! If you aren't gay, why the fuck does it bother you? This is the exact same situation. Who cares if you don't like Gnome 3. I do, you don't, we can still be (internet) friends. Chill. I don't particularly care for OS X or Windows, but I'm not bashing it or anyone who uses it.

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by Stephen! on Fri 12th Aug 2011 17:41 in reply to "RE: Successful"
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The closest thing we have in FOSS is KDE4, which seems like the buggy, retarded clone of Win7.

How can KDE4 be considered a clone, considering it was released a year before Windows 7?

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by SaschaW on Fri 12th Aug 2011 16:02 in reply to "Successful"
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... as Linux repellants? :-D

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