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FreeBSD Some people already submitted this news last week, but it wasn't until today that it became official: the FreeBSD team has announced the release of FreeBSD version 9.0. As you may expect from the major version number change, this is releas eis packed with new stuff.
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sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

How many users here are back on Windows?

I absolutely cannot imagine it. And I'm not just using that as the common expression that it is. I literally cannot imagine myself using Windows other than while doing the bit of Windows support that I sometimes can't get out of.

Then again, my historical desktop path looks like this:

Xenix 286/386->Unix 386 3.2->SCO Unix 3.2.4.x->SCO Open Server 5->Linux

starting from about 1988, with my transition to Linux occurring around 1996.

There's just way too much of an impedance mismatch between the way I work and the way Windows tries to make me work for me to be happy with it.

A switch to Windows seems like a form of hell on earth to my sensibilities. Linux sometimes has usability issues, but they are generally fixable. Windows has usability issues for me which run to its very core and can't be fixed.

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Jason Bourne Member since:
2007-06-02

I see. You are more reasonable. However, desktop usability is really becoming an issue in Unix world (as far as desktop usage is concerned).

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

However, desktop usability is really becoming an issue in Unix world (as far as desktop usage is concerned).

I agree. To the extent that Linux has a desktop presence. One tends to get a skewed sense of reality when immersed in the OSNews noosphere. (Oops. I used an ESRism.)

I included this link in a post I made a little while ago. While it's handy, I may as well use it here, too:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-yearly-2008-2012

In a nutshell, *if* we want more people using Linux on the desktop (and that is not necessarily a given) then we need to be doing something differently than we have been.

-Steve

P.S. Same goes for the FreeBSD and PC-BSD guys, too. They face the same questions and the same problems.

Edited 2012-01-13 19:23 UTC

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