Week 51: Desktop? What Desktop?
Dec 19, 2008, 23:34 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"But see, here's the thing: whether Linux succeeds on the
desktop is simply the wrong question to ask. The better question is
where Linux has succeeded now and it will succeed in the future?
For instance: Apache on Linux continually dominates the web server
surveys on Netcraft. Yet we never hear 20-whatever is the Year of
the Linux Web Server, even though you could make a case that the
the 21st Century to date is the Century of the Linux Web Server.
Why is that?
"It is, really, because not very many folks give much thought to
the operating system of each individual web server. I mean, who
cares, right? I point Firefox at a site, read the page, watch the
video, hear the music, and it's all good. Occasionally I might
notice the tell-tale ".aspx" that informs me the likely reason why
a site seems so slow. But, other than that, I rarely give thought
to it, and it's my job to be a geek."