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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For the general public, Linux desktop distro's are getting better. However to the novice, Linux distro's still have a steep learning curve that resembles a small mountain when compared to that of the start button.

I'd rather see Linux distro's concentrate on catering to those who appreciate it's creative solutions in doing things differently (and patience for it's driver issues due to lack of OEM support).

As for it being the next big thing. Android is doing fairly well in mobile. Just a shame, most of those who use it don't realise it's Linux based.

Edited 2012-08-28 21:46 UTC

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amadensor Member since:

The learning curve from zero (first time touching a computer) is not that much different. When the schools start teaching concepts, rather than "push the button right there, and good luck if they ever move it" it will even out at least somewhat.

Mac being significant in the marketplace is good, because now people realize than things can be done with more than one UI. Maybe that can spread.

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Yehppael Member since:

... now people realize than things can be done with more than one UI.

That! That is exactly it. Apple is showing people a different UI, but so does Windows 8.

Linux share won't increase by much, but it WILL increase. What it needs right now is a little popularity boost to remind people, there are other options as well.

There is ONE thing that everyone seems to keep on forgetting. We're talking about market share, but the market size right now is considerably larger than it was 5-6 years ago.

Honestly though, I really don't care. I'd rather have a solid Fedora or Slackware than a popular Ubuntu.

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ze_jerkface Member since:

Are there going to be classes on:

1. How to fix broken updates

2. How to install from a ppa just to get the latest version of a browser or word processor

3. How to see if a sound card is working by using the command line (this is actually what Ubuntu expects users to do)

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CodeAndSyntax Member since:

learning curve from zero (first time touching a computer), agreed isn't that much different.

I was thinking more from those who might migrate away from Win 7 to Linux if they're that dissatisfied with Win 8, which I'd doubt will happen as the tablet market is adding an extra dynamic and Win 8 has been created specifically to cater for it.

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Lennie Member since:

Actually, just now I was watching this video:

Where Mark Shuttleworth claims this:

"If you know Windows and you confronted with a new desktop, Windows is the easiest. Ubuntu is the second easiest and then Mac OS."

"And if you know Mac OS, it is easier to switch to Ubuntu than to Windows"

"Next year 5% of the world's PCs will ship Ubuntu preinstalled"

Edited 2012-08-29 00:26 UTC

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