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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Yup
by tylerdurden on Tue 28th Aug 2012 22:30 UTC
tylerdurden
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2009-03-17

Some people are really deluding themselves into thinking the main reason people used windows was the "Start" button. In the big scheme of things moving to a completely different software platform (e.g. from Windows 7 and earlier to Linux) requires orders of magnitude more effort than moving from Aero to Metro (or whatever it is called).

Besides Linux on the desktop is already a fragmented mess, with its own set of ridiculous and arbitrary shifts in GUI on what seems a random basis. Redhat understood this, and they are actually doing great. It is a great platform for development though, and I actually see the diversity of Linux as an asset from my own personal computing needs. Thing is, most people don't use their computer to develop or deploy infrastructure...

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RE: Yup
by Valhalla on Wed 29th Aug 2012 09:17 in reply to "Yup"
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2006-01-24

Some people are really deluding themselves into thinking the main reason people used windows was the "Start" button.

I certainly agree in that I don't think 'Metro' will in any way affect Linux uptake. Windows come installed on basically every machine out there and it is a good choice for most computer users out there as it is simple enough to use.


Besides Linux on the desktop is already a fragmented mess,

Here I disagree (although you later descibe it as an asset aswell), it's certainly fragmented but that doesn't make it a mess. It means it has great flexibility and that there is no one-size-fits-all-wether-you-like-it-or-not approach as with Windows and OSX.

For the vast amount of people I think there's an obvious preference for a ready-made solution and that means things like Windows and OSX will continue to appeal to the masses (although it can backfire as seen with the Metro controversy), Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution and it tries to mimic this approach, to some success.

So no, I don't see Linux ever going big on the desktop, but then again I don't see why it has to. It has a strong ecosystem consisting of lots of developers/tinkerers, it doesn't need to go mainstream on the desktop.

I like Linux for the flexibility it has which allows me to tailor my system to perfectly accomodate my needs and preferences, making me work alot faster and with more ease than I've ever done using a generic desktop solution.

I like that the system is extremely fast and low on resource usage as that allows me to do more with the applications that I run.

As a developer I love how as a programmer I'm extremely well catered for.

I like how the rest of the Linux users I encounter in the 'community' are has an overall high technical knowledge from which I constantly learn and improve.

And I like the speed with which it is being developed and I find it incredible that it doesn't cost me a red penny to enjoy all these improvements.

These are things 99% of the computer populace could care less about, so things like this will never 'sell' Linux to the masses. But again that's fine.

Windows can have the desktop masses, and I'm certain it will, Metro or no Metro.

This is why I find it quite hilarious seeing how guys like ze_jerkface and lucas maximus always having this zelous need to attack Linux, what are they afraid of?

Microsoft will always be there to provide you with Windows, increasingly locked-in perhaps but still you will have your fix and Microsoft will get your money.

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Agree!
by PieterGen on Wed 29th Aug 2012 12:50 in reply to "RE: Yup"
PieterGen Member since:
2012-01-13

I like how the rest of the Linux users I encounter in the 'community' are has an overall high technical knowledge from which I constantly learn and improve. And I like the speed with which it is being developed


Agree. Compare just for fun the Archlinux Wiki to Microsoft's and Apple's websites. The Archlinux Wiki gives you in-depth, super detailed technical information, plus an active forum. Microsoft and Apple give you shiny websites and hollow phrases like "it just works" or "it makes life easier".

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