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Next Year, Will There Be a Place for Linux on the Desktop?

Oct 12, 2009, 12:47 (13 Talkback[s])
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"Why? While Linux will always dominate as an operating system for servers and certain embedded applications, there are two key issues at hand that may make Linux on the desktop nothing more than a novelty next year (if not already).

"1) Windows and Mac have both stepped up their game. There was a window of time about this time last year, where if you wanted a powerful 64-bit OS that was stable, customizable, and had a wide range of useful 64-bit applications available, Linux was actually your only real option. Mac's presentation has always been tight, but Leopard couldn't take full advantage of the 64-bit Intel chips every Mac was shipping with. And Vista was...well...Vista; the 64-bit version was plagued with application compatibility problems, and while the situation has been improved since, it was a while before a smoothly-running 64-bit Windows Vista machine was attainable."

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