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More Reasons Why Linux Misses The Desktop

Nov 05, 2009, 21:32 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)

"Linux's best features are not things that matters to end users. More than anything else, I think, this it. The things that make Linux so, well, Linux-y -- its malleable kernel, its open source development -- don't automatically present anything to an end user that makes them sit up and beg.

"Here and there a couple of people are realizing this and working hard to make Linux the start of something -- ChromeOS, Moblin, Android, etc. -- but what's come to the public so far are adjuncts to the desktop and not replacements for it. (And if they're good adjuncts, who's complaining?)

"Most people already have what they need. Given a choice between the well-known and broadly-used Windows and Linux, most people will still choose Windows, no contest. Linux will be a choice amongst people who consider the choice in the first place, but for most people it's not worth the effort of thought. They have work to do, the computer is nothing more than a way to get there, and Windows already offers them a solution."

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