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Me The Geek » Blog Archive » 2007: Not the year of Linux on the Desktop… again
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2007: Not the year of Linux on the Desktop… again


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So, when will it be? Why can’t Linux be installed on Joe Average’s desktop?

I have been using Linux at work for over 6 months. I did accomplish any task I wanted. But I am a Software Engineer. Doing things in linux was, most of the time, a challenge that I enjoyed.

Over a year ago we run a pilot at my previous job, installing Ubuntu for two “regular folks” that worked next door to the IT guys. So, whenever they had any problem, one of us would happily assist them immediately. You know us linux fanboys… we wanted it to work! The result: they got all the things done, but felt frustrated many times with a few bugs.

The two things that were missing in linux at the time:

OpenOffice is no longer beta, but its ppt support is still not good enough for ppt fans. Skype (our choice at the time), and IM in general, do not have a strong Web-based competitor just yet, as Om Malik argued today

So, when Google releases Presently, and Skype or some relevant contestant put a cool video and phone calls IM, pretty much everybody can move on to linux.

As for Vista… I don’t know, should we worry?

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2 Responses to “2007: Not the year of Linux on the Desktop… again”

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    airtonix Says:

    im doing a field test with dapper on a toshiba satellite 750mhz with 256mb ram and only a 15gb hd.

    everything seems fine….the dude doesnt even need the internet…..well i do when i need to get the softs he wants..ahem apt-offline ….sigh stuck with debmirror and deb partial…ugh.

    horray for aptoncd.

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    airtonix Says:

    oh and no dont worry bout vista….for now.

    oh hang on

    forgot, most people cant even clean their own kitchen little own care about world polution. why mention this? well its proly the only thing that could seriously get a lot of people into NOT turning their current computer into landfill.

    but as i said….hypocrites constantly make my ear bleed about kyoto protocol, but look at their hygeine….attrocious!

    and when the unthinking masses do come to inux, they will bring the virus and hacker focus with them. sigh.

    robspiere was right, the mobs are creitons. and there is a reason why peasants are depicted as disease ridden filth bags….cause they care not for finer things in life.

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