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It's Time to Retire "Ready for the Desktop"

May 19, 2008, 21:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy LaCroix)

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"Quite a few reviews of new Linux releases these days try to determine if a distribution is 'ready for the desktop.' I myself have probably been guilty of using that phrase, but I think it's time we officially retire this criterion.

"What defines an operating system as being ready for the desktop? Surely everyone has a different opinion on the actual definition. While my search for an official definition or list of guidelines has failed, to me this phrase means that the OS is usable by everyone, meets everyone's needs, and is able to do everything that everyone wants it to do. In that regard, is any operating system truly ready for the desktop...?"

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