Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Jan 2006 23:32 UTC
Linux "Linux has made major inroads on servers and in data centers running both open-source and proprietary applications on millions of computers worldwide. We've recently seen the rise of Linux on mobile devices. But the Linux desktop remains elusive. We know it's out there, but it only now seems to be approaching the tipping point."
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Chicken and Egg issue
by SmallPotato on Mon 16th Jan 2006 01:55 UTC
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I see the issue of desktop linux as a chicken and egg issue.

Remember the time when Windows 95 was just released? There were not a lot of application that are "for Windows 95". However, when some popular applications were available for Windows 95, people start to use it, and as more people use it, more developers create applications on it, and thus more applications available and more people use it. The cycle continues.

When Windows 95 was released, it was different enough then Windows 3.1 that quite a lot of average Windows 3.1 users need to learn it from the ground up. Yet people manage to use it. Project this to GNOME and KDE, and I think they both are not that bad in usability, and I think people will manage to use it without much problems, just like people migrate from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95.

The point is that, if there are more important applications developed for Linux platform, more people will use it. I am not talking about alternative applications, but applications that are popular among average desktop users.

Just my 2 cents.

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RE: Chicken and Egg issue
by RawMustard on Mon 16th Jan 2006 09:35 in reply to "Chicken and Egg issue"
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Except that when windows 95 was released, it was(relatively speaking) a finished product. Gnome and KDE are not (even Relatively speaking) a finished product.

When I clicked on a help button in windows 95, it gave me help on the problem at hand, when I do the same in Gnome, I get a 5 year old outdated help file on how to use Gnome and in a lot of cases, I get nothing!

Also, what hardware was supported under windows 95 was backed up by the hardware maker and Microsoft. In linux, this is not the case at all, so users are left scratching their heads thinking what do I do now?

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