Linux on the desktop
I must admit it makes me smile a bit. But I would also like to point out that that sentence was not invented by the inside Linux people any more than the "fruity company" by the fruity company, funny "reporters" are responsible for fun like that.
I am a Linux user since 98 or 97 and also a user of MS since they where Micro-Soft or was it Micro Soft like also a Apple Computer User. I have also used cars of different brands, whisky, girls, you name it.
Still I do wonder about those percentages. What are they based on. First of all, if you claim say 10% then you have to reveal what the hell that 100% is in numbers. So what is that number, the amount of computers since Adam and Eve, or during the last year or ten years minus the land fill computers or what. Then, even worse, they claim they know something even to a decimal. Complete rubbish. I have no problems with the obvious fact that Windows rules the desktop and Apple is second and Linux is third. But if they want to show percentages with decimal points then just fuck off.
Those numbers are based on what MS and Apple claim they have delivered/sold to their chains. Who the hell sells/delivers Linux desktops. I haven't bought even one, all ex Windows.
That does not matter, I am a Linux desktop user all the same.
To my surprise nobody here claimed you have to compile Linux all the time. I actually did once in 98 I think, not that I had to, I just wanted to compare to all the day by day compiling I did. The compiler I loved the most was the one that did not exist when using pure machine code.
Still I must admit that compiling Linux had features I had never seen before. So how is it that you never find Windows users ever complaining about having to compile Windows.
This comment is too long by now, so lets leave the shell, I am sure the Windows developers will all claim the supershell is a pain in the arse and completely worthless, a *nix virus.
A "modern" Linux distro will not force anybody to use the shell. But I am not unaware of the agony a *nix system tends to inflict on Windows people, like cp for COPY.
Some get over it, some will not.
There was a time when the future of Linux was a topic, will it succeed, will i become an embedded only and so forth. In a way I give Bill Gates credit for being the first person to understand that Linux was a real contender, but unfortunately all he was able to come up with was FUD. I also give Jobs a lot of credit, for many reasons, also for going for *nix and also for trying to employ Linus. But most of all I give Linus credit for not accepting.
There was a time, but time passes, and to day the topic is rather about the possible future of MS than Linux. MS will stay alive but will have to change and compete. Linux, open standards and open source are hard to beat.