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"What's this 'DEEE-bee-en' you write about?" Or will Linux ever make its move on the desktop?

Dec 22, 2010, 15:02 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Rosenberg)

"The entries in this blog flow through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and once in awhile a friend of mine who has nothing to do with the open-source software world wonders what the hell I'm talking about.

"Just this weekend, somebody asked me, "What's this 'DEEE-bee-en' you write about?" Would the question be any different with the word "Ubuntu" in there?

"I don't think so. When it comes to desktop Linux (not to mention BSD, which is even further in the geek ghetto), nobody knows what we're talking about.

"I'm as guilty as the next "journalist/blogger/fanboy" of preaching to the pulpit and writing about Linux and BSD geekery for Linux and BSD geeks.

"I don't see a whole lot of writing out there, even about Ubuntu (which in my view is the highest-profile Linux distribution by far), that aims at the unconverted, the Windows or Mac user who doesn't even know there's a third (through 300th) way."

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