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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Good God...
by tomcat on Wed 29th Aug 2012 00:33 UTC
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Do we have to have these perennial discussions about how impending OS releases will impact the future of Linux?!? Desktop Linux is dead. Well, not precisely dead, but mostly dead (in the Princess Bride sense). There are people that use it on the desktop, I actually like Linux, it has VALUE, but that's a different calculation than saying it will have anything more than fractional adoption by real human beings. Want real growth? Focus on killer apps that only Linux delivers. Focus on Android tablet distribution. That's where the real growth is. Anything else is just not going to happen.

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