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The market has rejected Linux desktops. Get over it.

In the decade since it was first proclaimed as the “Windows killer,” Linux on the desktop has made virtually no progress in real adoption numbers. More here

I’ve been running Linux on PCs since 1998, when Red Hat still cared about the desktop and Mandrake was supposed to be the distribution that was going to bring Linux to the masses. That was also about the time that the mainstream media got infatuated with the story of the free operating system from the Finnish hacker that was going to bring down Microsoft Windows

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  4. Comment by wildebian — November 24, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

    This is a comment they refused to publish…

    It’s a pity that this article was written by someone with responsibilities. Jason Hiner is a Techrepublic’s chief editor, but this article denotes a subtle M$ fanboyism. He knows well that often pundits and analysts just want to get some attention over them, and that’s the reason for many bombastic statements. The same did Hiner, when he decided to publish this article. Who can gather any significant stack of desktop market in just one year? Even the enthusiasts know that’s impossible. Hiner lies in the article when he says that Linux did not progress in real adoption numbers. He is taking percentages as if they were absolute numbers. Hiner lies when he says Linux is still too much of a pain. Linux does almost all that windows does, nowadays. The real pain is to have to deal everyday with virus, as is with Windows. Hiner lies when he says that “Linux attacks Windows. All that Linux attacks is on the ground of developing better code. Hiner lies when he says that there’s not enough innovation from Linux. Actually is Linux that innovates (live cd’s and much more), and M$ copies the novelties (the recent usb case). Hiner also lies when he says that “Businesses want someone to blame” There are many Linux companies providing commercial services. Then, why did Hiner wrote this article? He wants to convince the masses that Linux isn’t good enough. It’s a well known tactic used by microsoft to defend it’s market share. They pay to thousands of journalists and editors, all over the world to help keep the masses under control. This is the only reason why Linux did not progress as quickly as it deserves and as it would be normal. Sadly, Hiner lied all the way through and failed miserably to mention the only one true reason.

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