Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Oct 2011 21:33 UTC, submitted by mahmudinashar
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ah, it's that time of the year again. We already had this up on the sidebar, but I figured we'd turn it into a proper front page item - mostly because I want to discuss the move by the Ubuntu team to no longer install GNOME 2 as the 'classic' desktop option - which pretty much ends any and all involvement for me with Ubuntu (KDE 4 here I come). There's more to this than just that, of course, so those of you who do like Unity still have enough reason to upgrade.
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The Linux Desktop Dream is Over
by tuaris on Thu 13th Oct 2011 23:03 UTC
tuaris
Member since:
2007-08-05

I hate to say it, but Linux on the desktop has failed. Even with windows of opportunity from the Vista/7 disaster, Linux has failed to do what Apple and Microsoft succeeded at.

I think things went wrong when the open source developers started doing radical changes with the user interface for desktop operating systems.

Is it really so hard to understand the concept: "The desktop metaphor works for desktop computers"?

I've got an Ubuntu 11.04 installation sitting on another partition on my hard drive. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. I've stopped using it ever since upgrading to 11.04. Maybe I might replace it with Mint or Fedora.

Edited 2011-10-13 23:05 UTC

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Jason Bourne Member since:
2007-06-02

Not to mention going through the entire hassle of moving everything back to NTFS partitions, and all those ext4 you cared with love for the last few years. All to go back to Windows, with that bitter feeling of indifference from the creators of Linux DEs. We users were the ones who converted more people than any developer out there. If there is someone who is responsible for Ubuntu's popularity and Linux overall, it's us, the public.

My feelings go even bitter when I see numbers like Linux is 1% of overall desktop market. I mean... at some point I ask myself, is this hassle all worth it?

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