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Are there too many desktop Linuxes?

Apr 28, 2009, 22:17 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"In a recent feature, Neil McAllister asks whether desktop Linux is too fragmented to succeed. He comments, "Unlike Windows or Mac OS X, each of which is the product of a single vendor, Linux comes in many different distributions that target the desktop, and each has its own look and feel. Some are based on the Gnome desktop environment, while others use KDE, and still others let the user choose between both."

"Again, for people who love choice, that's great. But, how many people are there really who can tell you the differences between something as 'obvious' as KDE 4.2x and GNOME 2.26 desktop interfaces. Perhaps a million in the whole world. That's not many compared to the hundreds of millions who use Windows on a daily basis."

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