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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Yehppael
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2012-08-01

... 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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