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Will Linux miss its big desktop shot?

Aug 12, 2011, 18:01 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"It's a song we've heard before: all the apps will live in the browser, so who cares what the OS will be? Observers of Linux--including me--have raised this up as the one big chance to capture desktop share, because Linux will have the same access to apps as all the other operating systems. OEMs, the sales pitch will go, why pay Microsoft all that money when you can just load up Linux to give your customers what they need!

"But increasingly I have some doubts that any Linux distribution is going to be able to get its collective act together in time.

"Communities are still fighting over GNOME3 vs. Unity vs. KDE vs. everything else, and the split between LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org may have delayed any chance for either office suite to be ported to the cloud in time."

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