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The key to Linux's mainstream success

Apr 04, 2009, 04:31 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart Turton)

"It's an intruiging point of view, but one predicated on a fallacy. If anything, Linux works the hardest for the hassle-free experience of any of the operating systems. Each alpha, beta and RC is passed through thousands of hands before it ever gets anywhere near an end user. Each line of code is mulled, every aspect of the operating system considered - by that I mean that unlike the revolutionary three years jumps of Windows or Apple's OSes, Linux is in a constant state of evolution.

"Its DNA is interchangeable. Open-source may be built on cooperation, but that doesn't equate to a lack of competition. There are dozens of desktop environments such as Gnome and KDE being developed and tested constantly, and yet only one will ever make it into a final Linux release. But that doesn't mean it will stay there. It's the same with the bundled utilities, office packages, codecs, audo and display drivers, even the notification system - beneath the bonnet there's a host of file systems and codec packs to choose from."

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