Linked by David Adams on Tue 16th Aug 2011 16:48 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Who is Microsoft fooling? Other than on the desktop, Linux is eating its lunch, and it's only going to get worse for Microsoft."
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 16th Aug 2011 18:35 UTC
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Linux started out as having UNIX on your PC at home. Linux on the desktop failed, year after year despite each year being the year of the Linux desktop for some reason.

Linux now runs almost everywhere, but perhaps apart from servers I doubt anyone in the early days foresaw this.

Where it now runs with success it mostly benefits the money making businesses, not the community that started working on Linux in the 90s. Most people could't care less if their VCR or fridge runs Linux, in most cases you can't even tell.

The desktop is where Microsoft makes a lot of money (Windows and Office). If they claim victory there over Linux they are right.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by chemical_scum on Tue 16th Aug 2011 22:39 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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Linux now runs almost everywhere, but perhaps apart from servers I doubt anyone in the early days foresaw this.


Lots of people foresaw that. On the basis of Linux's modularity many people predicted it would be a major player in the forthcoming development of smart devices. This was a common view ten years ago.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by toast88 on Wed 17th Aug 2011 17:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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2009-09-23

"
Linux now runs almost everywhere, but perhaps apart from servers I doubt anyone in the early days foresaw this.


Lots of people foresaw that. On the basis of Linux's modularity many people predicted it would be a major player in the forthcoming development of smart devices. This was a common view ten years ago.
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Hmm. At least Torvalds claimed that he never expects Linux to run on anything but 386 machines and supporting AT hard disks. He said that when he was announcing version 0.0.1 on the Usenet [1].

Also, when IBM started porting Linux to their machines, Torvalds was heavily opposed to that idea since he thought that Linux would never scale enough to run on such big hardware.

So, at least Torvalds himself was never expecting Linux to be so versatile.

Adrian

[1] http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.minix/msg/b813d52cbc5a044b?p...

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