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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'Linux' is actually more of a threat because of Win8 because of Win8's aim: a unified interface between mobile and desktop platforms.

The thing is, Windows 8 is making ARM potentially viable moving forward in the Desktop and *Book market sectors... which means it could open a door for Android based systems to compete in this space, and the general public is far more familiar with Android than it is with Windows 8. Microsoft's only real advantage becomes the legacy applications it's trying so hard to hide behind a curtain.

Android also has support from LOTS of developers, and big names in the desktop gaming industry like Valve and Activision/Blizzard are threatening (my bet is it's an empty threat at this point, but regardless) to defect to supporting Linux based systems moving forward.

And what has really held Linux back in the home desktop sector? Ok, lots of things - a lack of broad standardization, dependency hell, unified application management generally stinks, and solving any real problem means a lot of googling and tinkering in the console - which, by the way - is just as dangerous for average joe as asking him to tinker around in the registry... but the #1 reason is because it hasn't seen major support from games developers. I mean, after all, average Joe put up with way worse for Windows 95 pretty much just so they could use the programs they wanted and play the games they wanted.

If linux gets a real level of support from the gaming industry *at the expense of Windows* - IE There's a copy for, say, Ubuntu and Windows 7, but not Windows 8, and future versions of DirectX go largely unsupported because they're Win8 exclusive? That means Wine gets to stop chasing a moving target, and 90%+ compatibility with all windows software becomes achievable.

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