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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I bet on Android
by protomank on Tue 28th Aug 2012 22:45 UTC
protomank
Member since:
2006-08-03

If I had to pick an OS to put my brazilian reais (R$) on, I would give Android a chance in the desktop.
Intel is pushing the X86 version, it has a solid base, can work with mouse (better than Win8 on my experience) and is nice and have tons of apps already (sure, must have to be ported to X86 first).

And hey, guess what? It DOES run Linux on the bottom level!

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RE: I bet on Android
by ricegf on Wed 29th Aug 2012 23:55 in reply to "I bet on Android"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Microsoft owns the desktop with Windows, and is desperately trying to gain a little traction in mobile - with little success thus far.

Google shares the mobile space with Apple - twice their phone share and half their tablet share - and is starting to ship in laptops (and TVs and cameras and cars and...)

So, yes - while Gnu/Linux will probably not take off on the desktop due to Windows 8, Android / Linux just might.

And how ironic would it be if Microsoft achieved their dream of a unified OS for all devices...through patent taxes on Android? :-D

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