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: Desktop share...
by ephracis on Tue 28th Aug 2012 23:03 UTC in reply to "Desktop share..."
ephracis
Member since:
2007-09-23

I bet.

More users and especially mainstream users will kill Linux for current users.

The development will move the focus. Enthusiasts and hardcore users will be ditched for the average consumer. Your interests will be set aside. New technologies will evolve for locking up your application ecosystem. Innovation will move to law interpretation and jury convincing. Popularity is a bitch.

;)


(The above smiley is an indicator meant to stop Poe's Law.)

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RE[2]: Desktop share...
by fossil on Wed 29th Aug 2012 03:10 in reply to "RE: Desktop share..."
fossil Member since:
2009-05-29

More users and especially mainstream users will kill Linux for current users.

The development will move the focus. Enthusiasts and hardcore users will be ditched for the average consumer. Your interests will be set aside.


Somehow, I doubt that will happed with Slackware, Gentoo, or the BSDs. YMMV ;-)

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RE[3]: Desktop share...
by ephracis on Wed 29th Aug 2012 11:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Desktop share..."
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

Yeah, hence the smiley. The power of FLOSS saves us once again! ;)

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