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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What's really killing Linux
by kurkosdr on Wed 29th Aug 2012 15:36 UTC
kurkosdr
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2011-04-11

What's killing Linux is X.org and PulseAudio breaking upgrades and breaking compatibility with apps. There is the DARK DARK secret of Ubuntu: Canonical (and other distros) are dependent on X.org and PulseAudio, but don't have any kind of control what the X.org or PulseAudio neckbeards are doing (and what compatibility they are breaking).

I prefer the Microsoft and Apple way, aka "maintain back compat for Windows XP in 7, otherwise you are fired". Same for device compatibility. Microsoft and Apple´╗┐ are not breaking device compatibility unless there is some major change going on. Linux kernel breaks compatibility with devices (I don't care if my devices are "open" or not) for fun every 6 months.

Edited 2012-08-29 15:37 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

What's killing Linux is X.org and PulseAudio breaking upgrades and breaking compatibility with apps.


What are these magical problems people have with X and PulseAudio breaking upgrades and apps? Seriously, I'm curious. I haven't had upgrade or compatibility problems with either of those for ages, if ever, and I run Ubuntu on anything from a 7 year old laptop to a current workstation.

There is the DARK DARK secret of Ubuntu: Canonical (and other distros) are dependent on X.org


Wow, thanks for that Captain Obvious. Imagine that you need a graphics subsystem for a GUI. These are truly dark times.

but don't have any kind of control what the X.org or PulseAudio neckbeards are doing

Are OSS neckbeards worse than MS/Apple code monkeys?

Linux kernel breaks compatibility with devices (I don't care if my devices are "open" or not) for fun every 6 months.


Making things up doesn't make them true.

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ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Really now

Kernel upgrade breaks wireless
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=139241

Gee whiz why do people keep having the same complaints about Linux? Could it be that they actually exist and not part of a conspiracy?

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