Thursday, September 07, 2006

Desktop Linux - Forbes.com

Desktop Linux - Forbes.com: "Linux today has less than 2% market share on the desktop. That's because with past versions of Linux only hackers could get Linux installed and running right. But a new batch of easier-to-use versions is putting Linux within reach of regular folks."

Maybe there's hope for Desktop Linux after all. Forbes is a recognized "big name" so hopefully there's some legitimacy along with it. Maybe.

3 comments:

  1. Argh... Don't get me started...

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  2. Heh, actually I should get you started. It would be good to have some better insights as to what needs to be "fixed."

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  3. Unfortunately, the one thing Linux on the desktop needs most is the one thing it'll probably never get: peaceful co-existence of commercial/proprietary software and FOSS.

    FOSS evangelism works great for techies but the rest of the computer usin' world -- the moms, pops, grandpas, grandmas, and most of all the gaggles of office workers who use computers daily -- gets screwed in the process. And with the stuff I've been reading about the new GPL 3, I can only guess the situation is going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better, if it ever gets better at all. If I were still a Linux user I'd be very, very worried about Stallman's intentions with GPL 3. It sounds like he may have finally lost his mind.

    BTW, I noted with interest that FreeDOS doesn't use GCC (I guess it's DJGCC on DOS, right?), but instead uses Watcom's C/C++ toolchain. That surprised me for a moment, but after another moment I realized it's not surprising at all. Given the option to go with the FSF or Watcom for the core toolchain I think I'd opt for Watcom as well. Less baggage, more freedom. (FreeDOS, by the way, seems to run great on Parallels Desktop. Now, I need to find that CD with all my ancient Turbo C++ programs on it. What a hoot! :)

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