Linked by David Adams on Thu 29th Sep 2011 23:47 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Linux Linux is struggling on the desktop because it only has a small number of "great" apps, according to the Gnome co-creator. Miguel de Icaza, co-creator of the Gnome desktop, told tech journalist Tim Anderson at the recent Windows 8 Build conference "When you count how many great desktop apps there are on Linux, you can probably name 10," de Icaza said, according to a post on Anderson's IT Writing blog. "You work really hard, you can probably name 20. We've managed to p*** off developers every step of the way, breaking APIs all the time."
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RE[2]: just to make a point
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Sep 2011 06:35 UTC in reply to "RE: just to make a point"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

"Why don't we talk about the things that Linux has on the desktop that Windows doesn't? ... True multi user capabilities. ...
WTF is this "TRUE" multi user capability that Windows doesn't have? Like, HELLO, Win9x was killed (thank god!) a decade ago! And then you get offended because somebody dares to remember their latest buntu update bonking graphics drivers a year or two ago... "

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_is_windows_said_to_be_a_multiuser_ope...

"windows does have the facility to give access to different users. That is the reason we can log on to different user accounts on windows. But windows does not give access to multiple users at the same time in a single processor system."

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RE[3]: just to make a point
by manjabes on Fri 30th Sep 2011 06:49 in reply to "RE[2]: just to make a point"
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2005-08-27


"windows does have the facility to give access to different users. That is the reason we can log on to different user accounts on windows. But windows does not give access to multiple users at the same time in a single processor system."

And why is it important on a desktop/laptop system exactly to have multiple users simultaneously access one system? How can multiple users use one desktop system simultaneously anyway?

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RE[4]: just to make a point
by ephracis on Fri 30th Sep 2011 07:05 in reply to "RE[3]: just to make a point"
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

Most people would use their laptop as a server if they were able to.
</sarcasm>

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RE[4]: just to make a point
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Sep 2011 07:24 in reply to "RE[3]: just to make a point"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

" "windows does have the facility to give access to different users. That is the reason we can log on to different user accounts on windows. But windows does not give access to multiple users at the same time in a single processor system."
And why is it important on a desktop/laptop system exactly to have multiple users simultaneously access one system? How can multiple users use one desktop system simultaneously anyway? "

I didn't say it was or wasn't important to be "true multi-user" for any given context. My post only points out the way in which Windows is not considered to be "true multi-user".

But anyway, if you do want a context where "true multi-user" is important in a desktop context, read about this:

http://knowledgeoman.com/en/forums/showthread.php?996-Brazil-Deploy...

"Mauricio Piacentini writes about a deployment of systems running Linux and KDE in Brazil's schools; some 52 million students are to be served by this initiative."

They deployed Linux desktops to 52 million Brazillian students, but they didn't deploy 52 million machines. I think they can have up to 10 students running off any given single Linux machine at the same time.

Edited 2011-09-30 07:32 UTC

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RE[4]: just to make a point
by karunko on Fri 30th Sep 2011 09:54 in reply to "RE[3]: just to make a point"
karunko Member since:
2008-10-28

"
"windows does have the facility to give access to different users. That is the reason we can log on to different user accounts on windows. But windows does not give access to multiple users at the same time in a single processor system."

And why is it important on a desktop/laptop system exactly to have multiple users simultaneously access one system? How can multiple users use one desktop system simultaneously anyway?
"

From over the network, local or not, maybe? You know, like when there is a "main" computer in the household that you can access with a notebook, tablet, or even an older, less powerful PC?

Granted, maybe most people don't consider it an essential feature, maybe they don't even think about it, but that doesn't make it any less useful.


RT.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

My desktop used to be in a seporate room from my TV. I would regularily work in the TV room through a notebook "thinkclient" giving me my power/apps/data and session login on the desktop. I've even seen a browser crash out only to recover the session when I next logged into the desktop directly.

The catch here is that any other valid user could go sit infront of the desktop and use it normally without noticing that I was also logged in and using it.

I've also seen several developers logged in and working on the same desktop through local and remote connections.

With a Windows desktop, it's one user at a time. With a Windows server it's one user at a time unless you shell out the cost of Terminal Server CALs.

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