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Week 51: Desktop? What Desktop?

Dec 19, 2008, 23:34 (8 Talkback[s])
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"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."

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