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InfoWorld: Another data point for those who are certain Linux will never win the desktop race

Mar 07, 2000, 18:37 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"It seems that someone writes at least once a week to tell me why Linux can never succeed on the desktop. Invariably, the proof they offer is in the form of a list of the problems they had installing and running Linux or Linux applications...."

"Rather, I'm talking about those folks who are not interested in making Linux work, but instead are trying to evaluate Linux based on their single data point. Nine times out of 10 the author relates a horror story about installing Linux or trying to get Linux to print to this or that printer. I've no doubt that these stories are true. Most of them involve notebook computers, an unusual bit of hardware, or an old version of Linux. But make no mistake: Some of the problems involve the best Linux distributions and the most common hardware."

"But allow me to balance your data points with a few of my own. I've been using Linux for several years. It has been my primary desktop operating system for almost two years, meaning that I do all of my work, but only some of my play, using Linux. Although Netscape has crashed countless times (as it does under Windows), none of the Linux distributions I use have ever crashed in the past two years. I have had to reboot to solve a problem only once -- and that problem was self-inflicted. I forced Linux to load an outdated sound-card driver in the false hope that it might work. Everything worked fine, even with the bad driver loaded, but I had to reboot for the system to unload it."

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