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Re: [vox] Fwd: Re: is the Linux desktop OS dead?
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Re: [vox] Fwd: Re: is the Linux desktop OS dead?



Hello Everyone,

The desktop is the only place Linux is having a hard time capturing
market share.

The reason is that Windows is in place and so why should people
switch...  People go to computers, reluctantly, to run an application
to get work done and so peruse the avenue of least resistance.

Linux could do better if we fixed the many packing systems.  On a
Windows system, I can just download and open a .exe or .msi to add a
package, and go to the control panel to remove a package.  Most
packages for Windows can be installed on XP, Vista, and Windows 7
without worry.  On Linux, too often, it matters what your Linux system
is like.  We need a better scheme.

Some way to note what's needed to be provided to a package by the
system for it to install correctly.

Standards has helped but there's still more work to be done in this area.

Regards,
Michael Cheselka
650-488-4820




On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 10:44, Bill Kendrick <nbs@sonic.net> wrote:
>
> Gandalf posted from a non-subscribed address:
>
> ----- Forwarded message from vox-bounces@lists.lugod.org -----
>
> The attached message has been automatically discarded.
> Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 05:24:44 -0800 (PST)
> From: Gandalf  Parker <gandalf@community.net>
> Subject: Re: [vox] is the Linux desktop OS dead?
> To: LUGOD's general discussion mailing list <vox@lists.lugod.org>
>
> On Mon, 23 Nov 2009, Cylar Z wrote:
>
>>Wondered if everyone had seen this, and had any reaction to it?
>
> Does anything ever really die?
> I know people still playing Atari games.
> I still use telnet as my main mode of connection.
> I still use BASIC as my quicky programming language for things like CGI's
> and system scripts.
>
> And Im writing this using an email address from an ISP that died a decade
> ago.
>
> Especially if something is open source. There isnt any control that can
> say "this is dead". Thanks to the Internet fetish, fanaticism, or strange
> addiction need suffer alone. There will always be 100 people willing to
> keep it going and thousands of guru's willing to use it.
>
> ON THE OTHER HAND...
> the article seems only interested in Linux as a Windows replacement.
> Personally Ive never gotten hooked on its GUI environments. I feel that
> the power of Linux is in providing for home servers. The desktop thing is
> more of a sideline which is not a live-or-die necessity so it can go as
> slow and careful as it wishes. I would not predict Linux death based on
> its Desktop anymore than I would predict Windows death based on its
> server.
>
> Gandalf  Parker
>
> ----- End forwarded message -----
>
> --
> -bill!
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