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: Comment by Drumhellar
by WorknMan on Tue 28th Aug 2012 23:37 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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[qAll joking aside, these articles always manage to ignore Apple's stuff, which already has a significant mindshare, even among Windows users. Macs are also competitively priced if you pick one up towards the beginning of their product cycle, which many of their systems are at. [/q]

Yeah, I think anybody who doesn't want to upgrade to Windows 8 and doesn't want to stick with Windows 7 will probably be looking at Macs, especially if they have iOS devices.

As for Linux, I think Steam for Linux will do more for desktop Linux adoption than Windows 8 ever will.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Tue 28th Aug 2012 23:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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Steam might, but Quake 3 didn't, nor did the other major games released for Linux via retail in the same time frame, and during that time frame there were several.

Granted, Linux is much, much more polished now, but even then Linux has to do something significant and obvious to set itself apart.

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Lennie on Wed 29th Aug 2012 00:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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Was just typing this comment:

If you watch the video I think Mark show they do tries to set themselves apart.

Edited 2012-08-29 00:32 UTC

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