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The Open Source Desktop Myth

Dec 26, 2006, 11:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Chisnall)


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"According to an old saying, the military always fights the last war. In World War I, both sides were relying on tactics that were obsoleted by the invention of the machine gun. In World War II, the French didn't factor in the development of the bomber. In Vietnam, the American military tried to apply blitzkrieg-like tactics to a guerilla war.

"The Free Software community has a similar problem. Recent years have all begun with people asking, 'Is this the year of the open source desktop?' (Or sometimes the Linux desktop if the journalist in question doesn't actually know what Linux is.) The correct answer to this question is 'who cares...?'"

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