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 Bobthearch
by tylerdurden on Tue 28th Aug 2012 22:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Bobthearch"
tylerdurden
Member since:
2009-03-17

DELL sold Ubuntu machines for a while, so did HP (I think), there are some Linux-only vendors too.

Here is the thing; except for a few large institutional orders, nobody cared. There simply are not killer Linux apps for the desktop.

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RE[3]: Comment by Bobthearch
by Lennie on Tue 28th Aug 2012 23:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Bobthearch"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I think HP still sells Linux to businesses ( they would sell them anything they ask for probably ?)

I hear Dell still do, if you look really hard.

Also Dell is working on a Laptop for developers:

http://bartongeorge.net/tag/project-sputnik/

Based on the http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-13-l321x/pd?~ck=mn&~ck=mn

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The browser ?
by Lennie on Tue 28th Aug 2012 23:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Bobthearch"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

There simply are not killer Linux apps for the desktop.


I don't think it will happen, but it could still happen that the browser could be the killer app (think things like ChromeOS). More and more apps on mobile devices are already build with HTML5. As there is no other cross-platform toolkit for these devices.

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RE: The browser ?
by leech on Wed 29th Aug 2012 00:23 in reply to "The browser ?"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

*cough* Qt *cough* Well, at least it could have been, had Nokia not completely dropped the ball and went with Windows Phone, then got screwed by Microsoft even more for announcing a bit late in the game that WP7 devices won't be upgradable to WP8.

Qt had so much awesome potential, especially since there are projects for both iOS support and Android support as well as Symbian and MeeGo/Maemo.

Sad days...

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