Linked by the_randymon on Thu 17th Jan 2013 22:19 UTC
Fedora Core "Linux fans hope that the interface changes in Windows 8 will drive more users to Linux. But the open source operating system is facing interface challenges of its own. Part of the problem is that - after so much controversy within the Linux community - there are so many interfaces to chose from. But the new version of Fedora - a desktop focused version of Red Hat’s distribution of Linux - is offering users an easier way to choose between the many flavors of Linux GUI."
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Comment by UltraZelda64
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 17th Jan 2013 23:42 UTC
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

Linux fans hope that the interface changes in Windows 8 will drive more users to Linux.

Couldn't care less myself, honestly. I'm more concerned with keeping the freedom to install whatever operating system I want, without things like "Trusted Computing" and "Secure Boot" getting in my way. And without having to--directly or indirectly--pay some third-party mega corporation like Microsoft just for the privilege, while still getting anything less than full access to a machine I just bought.

Edited 2013-01-17 23:55 UTC

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RE: Comment by UltraZelda64
by Valhalla on Fri 18th Jan 2013 01:50 in reply to "Comment by UltraZelda64"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Agreed, although I don't mind if Linux gets more popular, I sure as hell don't want it adhering a one-size-fits-all solution. There are other systems for that, what defines the Linux or rather *nix ecosystem for me is choice, as you said, total user control.

The large amount of WM's, DE's etc available to try allows to find the solution that works just right for you rather than settling with someone else's decision of what you should use.

And if you really don't want to have to make that choice then there are disctributions that will cater for you aswell, but it's something you choose rather than it being the only option available.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

And if you really don't want to have to make that choice then there are disctributions that will cater for you aswell, but it's something you choose rather than it being the only option available.

Very well said. The options are already all there, someone interested just has to look! And not very hard either... the prominent Linux distributions tend to be of the "one-size-fits-all" type that the majority of people would find themselves more at home on right from the start.

But absolutely no alternative operating systems will matter when you have to rely on a corporation to bless each and every one of them for you just to be able to use them on your own machine. Never mind the crippling that will happen when a kernel needs to be signed by *their* signatures for any hope of running.

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