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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Linux fan here, but it has it's place. And it's in the server room, not on the desktop. I run far more Linux servers than Windows servers. But almost 100% Windows desktops. Totally fine with that.
    Absolutely, but it's the fans that insist that Linux will take over the desktop space is what I was talking about. Canonical brags that 20 million people have downloaded Ubuntu. Big deal, I count as four of those at least, with the various iterations that I've tried out over the years.

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    Well some fans are overzealous and not in touch with reality. Others have their blinders on.
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  3. #33


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Absolutely, but it's the fans that insist that Linux will take over the desktop space is what I was talking about.
    A few W8 fans are "pushing" for the desktop to be eliminated (they've posted that on these forums).

    If MS does that, then Linux distros may well takeover the desktop space.

    Or is everyone going to pay 2x as much for their PCs and switch to Macs?
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  4. #34


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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Absolutely, but it's the fans that insist that Linux will take over the desktop space is what I was talking about.
    A few W8 fans are "pushing" for the desktop to be eliminated (they've posted that on these forums).

    If MS does that, then Linux distros may well takeover the desktop space.

    Or is everyone going to pay 2x as much for their PCs and switch to Macs?
    Linux has a better chance at over taking the desktop form factor than the mac.

    Even still, this isn't considering what the future of the desktop PC will be like. More likely than anything, it will stay as it is with differences: a box with powerful hardware, most likely connect to a touch monitor, most likely with a stylus, and probably with some type of advanced gesture input such as motion or eye tracking.
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    If Linux is the future of desktop computing we might as well go back to pen and paper. If someone was willingly to create from scratch a system with the sole purpose of having terrible user experience he'd be quite challenged to come up with something worse than current desktop Linux distributions. Just a tiny example:

    Fedora 18 Spherical Cow review - Bad bad bad

    This is desktop Linux in 2013. No wonder Microsoft can shove a touch UI down their customers' throats, if this is the competition they face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnulty View Post
    If Linux is the future of desktop computing we might as well go back to pen and paper. If someone was willingly to create from scratch a system with the sole purpose of having terrible user experience he'd be quite challenged to come up with something worse than current desktop Linux distributions. Just a tiny example:

    Fedora 18 Spherical Cow review - Bad bad bad

    This is desktop Linux in 2013. No wonder Microsoft can shove a touch UI down their customers' throats, if this is the competition they face.
    Fedora is a "Alpha Testers" OS.
    IMO, it's awful in general, regardless of the version.

    It's a test bed for future RHEL and CentOS distro releases (if something doesn't work, it doesn't get put into those distros).
    It seems like almost nothing in Fedora 18 is going to make into the next RHEL and CentOS releases.

    I notice you forgot to mention, that the reviewer said to continue using Fedora 17, as it is superior (sounds familiar).

    IMO, Linux Mint MATE is the top Linux desktop OS distro:
    • All of my hardware worked "out of the box" (I didn't have to adjust any settings).
    • Banshee and VLC play all of my media files.
    • Firefox surfs the Internet (just like it does in Windows).
    • Thunderbird handles email (just like it does in Windows).
    • The Caja file manager has several features that are superior to Windows/File Explorer (its Properties window and Search function are poor though).


    IMO, the areas that Windows trumps Linux distros are:
    • Native MS Office support (and other business software like Exchange & Sharepoint)
    • Installing programs is the same regardless of the source (Plus and Minus)
    • The GUI tools are generally better


    That said, I use Window for ~95% of my personal computing
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    Everything in Linux desktop-land is alpha quality. You need a Google behind to turn Linux into a usable product.
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