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Mar 28, 2006, 01:00 (9 Talkback[s])

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I was reading this article earlier this week and thought that it was interesting. It announced the Windows Vista release as being delayed. I thought that this was just par for the course and something Microsoft always has done and will always do...delay.

However, what does this mean for the Linux desktop? Does it mean anything at all? Probably not on the scale most are hoping.

It's Opportunity, Albeit a Small One

Does anyone else here smell that? It's opportunity. Perhaps an opportunity to push Linux just a little while longer and to develop it into what it needs to be before Microsoft once again proliferates itself onto every PC in the US and sets the standard to which all things are compared.

I can just see it when Vista finally does release... all of the comparison articles that will sprout across the web between Vista and desktops such as Ubuntu and SUSe 10.X. Linux can gain ground only one way; if it can become about user experience versus user function. If it can do that, I think Linux just might gain some ground. Babysteps... that's what it is all about.

Microsoft's OS has always been a rip-off of the work others do. OS/2 did things before Microsoft... Macs did things before Microsoft. They've been playing constant catch up since Windows began. If developers and users of Linux seize this opportunity to develop their distros in new ways, it can give Linux a slight foothold onto the desktop.

Notice I said slight foothold. That's because Linux will never storm onto the desktop. It will chip away slowly at the desktop until it gains acceptance. Linux has been granted a small door to the desktop and there is a set criteria for those distros that want to go through it. Will your favorite distro be able to go through the door? Can it provide the user experience needed to win people on the desktop over?