Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:46 UTC
Linux "For years now, Linux has been a black sheep standing in the shadow of Apple and Microsoft. Despite having a fervent and enthusiastic following, the operating system hasn't been able to grab a sizable share of the computing market and has instead been content to subsist on the customers that come away dissatisfied with the mainstream competition. But that may be about to change. With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 on the horizon, some are saying Linux may have a great opportunity to steal a significant share of the market away from Microsoft, allowing it to finally take the helm as a major operating system service provider." This has to stop, and the only reason I'm linking to this nonsense is to make this very clear: Linux will not magically conquer the desktop or even make any significant gains because of Windows 8. People who don't like Windows 8 (Vista) will continue to use Windows 7 (Windows XP). This is getting so tiring. And does it even matter? Linux is winning big time in the mobile space, server space, and countless other spaces. The desktop is and always has been irrelevant to Linux.
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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 28th Aug 2012 21:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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For some - may be. For others - they simply might not like the new design, and have nothing against trying other alternatives, out of which Linux is the easiest (or cheapest) to try. So some amount of new Linux users is a very possible outcome from changes in Windows 8. I already heard from several people who use Windows 7 and dislike changes in Windows 8 that they are going to try Linux as an alternative.

Edited 2012-08-28 21:33 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by tylerdurden on Tue 28th Aug 2012 22:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
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Most people use computers to get work done (or to have fun), not because they feel strongly about a specific GUI paradigm. In fact most of those computer users don't even know what the term "GUI" stands for.

To think someone is going to get so worked out by having to press the windows key in order to access the start screen, as to say "Screw this! I'm installing linux" is borderline delusional. Really.

Plus I am sure 3rd parties will have a "start" button utilities for the desktop mode in no time.

What linux needs in order to get any significant foothold in the desktop space is an exclusive "killer app." But I doubt that happen soon (if ever), since most of its community is concentrated in copying other platforms' apps.

Edited 2012-08-28 22:54 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 28th Aug 2012 23:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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I think you strongly underestimate the issue of ergonomics in the user interface. Interfaces which inhibit workflow, rather than helping it out can really strongly frustrate users (and for valid reasons). Since personal preferences can differ it can be to a degree subjective.

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