Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Mar 2014 00:00 UTC
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Major new features for this release include a significant update to the experience for finding and installing applications, as well as major facelifts for the Videos and gedit applications. Those who have high resolution displays will benefit from greater support, and users will experience better start up times as well as more efficient resource usage. They will also be able to quickly organize their applications with the new application folders feature.

I remember a time when GNOME and KDE releases were big deals here. Feels like eons ago, a distant memory from an irrelevant past.

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RE: hopeful delusions
by Luminair on Thu 27th Mar 2014 15:49 UTC in reply to "hopeful delusions"
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2007-03-30

maybe the "past" he's referring to is the one where people thought linux could beat windows on the desktop

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RE[2]: hopeful delusions
by No it isnt on Thu 27th Mar 2014 17:05 in reply to "RE: hopeful delusions"
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2005-11-14

I'm not convinced that past has ever existed. Year $CURRENT+1, the year of Linux on the desktop, has always been a joke.

But back when it started, Linux still suffered with Netscape on an IE internet. Office compatibility was years off. Choosing to run Linux had real, negative consequences, just like buying a Mac.

The situation is far better these days, which is probably why the joke has become so stale: Linux is already pretty mature as a desktop. The little tweaks don't matter as much, and the bigger issues (Wayland) will take several years to resolve. Maybe 2017 will be the year of Linux on the desktop.

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RE[3]: hopeful delusions
by cdude on Sun 30th Mar 2014 03:35 in reply to "RE[2]: hopeful delusions"
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2008-09-21

Thing is the years of the desktop are gone and the new desktop, that is mobile, tablets and portable devices, *is* running Linux.

There you go. The Linux desktop happened, it won, it just didn't happen on the old, fat, power-hungry, noicy, expensive and non-portable home-mainframes. It happened on portable mass consumer devices while PC-workstations faded away from mass consumer market to a niche.

Today, present, much more devices running Linux are sold then ything else and its still growing like hell. What happened with Windows? It just became yet another mainframe-OS nobody of us is really using in the future.

And while some may still in denial even now, fact is things changed. Microsoft itself moved away from its Windows-island bringing Office to relevance again and that means to plaforms that are relevant what just isn't Windows any longer.

Edited 2014-03-30 03:45 UTC

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RE[2]: hopeful delusions
by Soulbender on Thu 27th Mar 2014 17:48 in reply to "RE: hopeful delusions"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Maybe the past is when Thom cared about other things than Windows Phone and Apple.

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