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[News] Desktop GNU/Linux Has Already Reached Goal

  • Subject: [News] Desktop GNU/Linux Has Already Reached Goal
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 01 Jan 2010 14:15:44 +0000
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2010 as the year of Linux on the desktop â does it really matter?

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| Why? Linux is ready for my desktop. It has 
| been for years now.
| [...]
| Until the year of Linux on the desktop 
| finally rolls around (if it ever does), stop 
| worrying about it. Just keep on using Linux 
| and free/Open Source software. Keep enjoying 
| the flexibility and choice and freedom that 
| you have with Linux.


Linux on the cusp of 2010

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| And this brings us, finally, to Linux. 
| Currently about a third of netbooks are being 
| shipped with Linux globally and this should 
| rise to a majority by 2013. This is the 
| beginning of Linux taking over the low-end of 
| âdesktopâ (that is, ânot serverâ) computing. 
| What I think will happen this coming year is 
| going to be a convergence of technologies 
| that are going to result in that sub-$200 
| machine, and it wonât have Windows XP or 7 on 
| it.  But unlike the current generation of 
| netbooks that are Intel Atom-based, these 
| will run on ARM processors. Predictions 
| include that 20% of 2010âs netbooks will have 
| ARM processors and the amount will be over 
| half by 2012. And while Googleâs Android will 
| be on some of them, Ubuntu stands to grab a 
| large amount of the market with its 10.04 LTS 
| release.
| So, will 2010 be the year of âdesktopâ Linux? 
| I think yes, but in a way that I didnât quite 
| imagine in 2007. 


IT Experts: Our Top Tech Resolutions for 2009

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| If you're not going to stick with Windows, 
| then jump ship in 2009 -- after all, it's now 
| clear that Windows 7 won't be a brand-new OS 
| but simply a better Vista, so what are you 
| waiting for? Plus, the next Mac OS X, Snow 
| Leopard, will also be a continuation of the 
| current OS, so there's no reason to delay 
| your journey down that path. Linux's 
| stability also argues for not waiting.



Seven Reasons Why Beef Is Not Ready For The Dinner Table

,----[ Quote ]
| While I've been blogging less and reading more, I notice the
| Linux-on-the-desktop troll-war heating up again. So this was my latest take
| on it - because I've said everything else it is possible to say about it
| already. It demonstrates that you could go on and on with "why X isn't ready
| for Y", using the same pattern of half-truths, absolutes, hand-waves, and
| logical fallacies.
| Try it yourself! How about "Why Fords aren't ready for the highway", "Why
| Obama isn't ready for the presidency", or "Why the letter Q isn't ready for
| the alphabet"?


Why Windows is not yet ready for the Desktop

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| I don't spend my time telling other people which OS should or shouldn't suit
| their way of working. But it seems there are people who do, and like to get
| blog hits for it.
| The problem with these "critiques" is always that the author is carrying
| around the self-serving assumption that their preferred OS embodies the only
| real way to organize a software ecosystem, and all others have inferior
| value. Moreover, since they are naturally only looking for a way to justify
| their existing pre-conclusion, they are often sadly misinformed about most of
| their "complaints", half of which are either entirely subjective, or just
| flat-out wrong.


Why Linux is ready for the desktop today

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| Over the years, the question âis Linux ready for the desktopâ has been raised
| time and time again, and countless articles have been written about the
| strengths and weaknesses of this operating system. While desktop Linux
| adoption has yet to go completely mainstream, recent indicators show that a
| major change is underfoot.
| Linux is primed to take the PC market by storm as more enterprises recognize
| the value proposition that Linux offers business - more flexibility,
| customization and affordable options. We're also seeing hardware
| manufacturers expanding their Linux offerings on a range of devices. The
| recent roll out of the new ProBook series of HP notebook devices available
| with a fully supported Linux operating system is one example and these
| options is only expected to grow.


Why Microsoft is just not ready for the enterprise.

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| In my last post I had made some comments about the
| Microsoft Windows not being capable of enterprise high
| performance computing. In the comments (upon request) I had
| posted some details on the SCSI subsystem of the Operating
| System, talking of the scatter gather lists when sequential
| SCSI commands are being coalesced just prior to being sent
| to the SCSI-based media. I wanted to continue on that topic
| and focus specifically on the NTFS file system and why it
| too is not intended for enterprise class usage.
| [...]
| With these limitations well known, then why do we still try
| to deploy Microsoft Windows in environments it was not
| suited for? The answer is familiarity. Microsoft for the
| most part owns the client/end-user market and with that the
| end-user has gotten too familiar and too comfortable with
| its platform. In turn what was built for home (and to an
| extent small business) use has leaked into an environment
| where it is not ready for. Please understand that I am not
| trying to preach against Microsoft and attack them. As many
| others in the high performing server/storage industry I
| have come to understand where certain problems originate
| from and that includes the limitations of the Windows
| platform. If you, the reader, feel something different with
| Microsoft and their role in enterprise class computing
| please feel free to comment. I know that I may not always
| be correct in my viewpoints and if you can shed any
| additional light I would very grateful.


Windows Vista Ready?

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| The majority of new members and guests
| are here because they want to install
| Windows XP on systems which came with
| Vista pre-installed. Others are dual
| booting with XP and Vista because they
| do not want to, or are unable to
| solely depend on Vista to do what they
| need their systems for.



Windows rapidly approaching desktop usability

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| Don't Lose This Product Key!
| Video blanking hassles
| Windows XP networking: Not for amateurs
| Shocked by additional software costs
| Where Windows XP shines
| Hope for the future


Linux ready for the desktop

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