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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Who cares
by dusanyu on Tue 16th Aug 2011 18:46 UTC
dusanyu
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2006-01-21

I for one am sick of hearing "Desktop Linux is a failure because they don't have any market share." This sort of thing only matters for a commercial product. As long as there are people willing to use GNU/Linux on the desktop it has not failed. and by that metric and giving Linux's lead in the server room I don't see the usage of desktop Linux dieing completely.

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RE: Who cares
by vitae on Tue 16th Aug 2011 18:53 in reply to "Who cares"
vitae Member since:
2006-02-20

Really it's a result of all the "Year of the Linux Desktop" talk. People were misguided. Linus himself said he didn't care about defeating Microsoft, but not enough people were paying attention. They should have been focused on the real point which was seeing what a community effort could achieve, not in market share percentages, but in a simple expression of creativity.

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RE[2]: Who cares
by dusanyu on Tue 16th Aug 2011 19:11 in reply to "RE: Who cares"
dusanyu Member since:
2006-01-21

I recall "year of desktop Linux" being mainly a media buzz phrase of the early 2000's And yes I will agree Linux has had its annoying zealots (as has every other platform for example Windows has Monkey Dancing Steve)

Personally I say use what works best for you For me that is GNU/Linux for someone else it may be Windows 7 Monkey Dancein' Steve addition

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