The article hits the bullseye.
It's still a Windows desktop world after all
Maria Korolov (Network World)
30 April, 2012 21:28
It's free, easier to use than ever, IT staffers know it and love it, and it has fewer viruses and Trojans than Windows.
It's already ubiquitous on the server side. Plus, there are now alternatives to the most popular software packages out there -- again, for free -- and new software releases often have Web-based interfaces, making operating systems irrelevant.
So, why hasn't Linux on the desktop taken off?
The article hits the bullseye.
Games dont work on Linux
All I want Linux to do is fix the kernel bug that causes some fans to not work properly and computers to overheat.
Then I could run my laptop in something other than full power saver mode and not risk melting my CPU.
(Seriously, internal temperatures were reaching 95 degrees celsius when running Ubuntu 11.10 in normal power mode).
Ubunbu LTS offers 5 year support and a MUCH easier update process.
That's the point. On enterprise level, I don't know any new project which is a desktop application. WebApplications can work offline.As more companies embrace Bring Your Own Device, Web-based application delivery, or virtual desktops, Linux may have some room to expand. Until then, it's still a Windows desktop world after all.
The problem for the Linux system is the lack of industrial support and not the system itself.
The city of Munich migrates to Linux very successfully. Now is the question why it works in Munich but not in Amsterdam?
Maybe because the city of Munich didn't care when Mr Balmer visited Munich in 2003 and tried to lobby his mess.
Half of the article is full of s*it. I can agree on Drivers and specific software. But things like :
"You have to switch to the new version of Linux every year,"
Then they say that you need to train users to use linux, so companies rather buy Mac. so they donīt need training for mac ?
This man never seen linux."It's such a flexible environment that there's a lot of freedom to do things, even things you shouldn't do," he says. "A typical thing in a Windows setting is to establish some usage policies, and set up some limitations on the systems to keep them stable. Linux doesn't have those types of standards out of the box."
In most cases i dont understand why one would wish to switch to linux. Most pc come with Windows already installed(Difference in price to PC without Windows is minor). Most people know how to use it. It has MORE programs then Linux. It has both commercial and free programs. So why exactly one would need linux for beside for running servers? In most cases shown here switching to Linux made no sense whatsoever. Most of free programs for Linux are also available for Windows. In most cases using something beside Windows is done because its hip. Like doctors using macs because they look better in their practices(older macs that were still white).
Here is the reason. All the evangelists for linux are furry toothed mega geeks. This puts off the rest of the population. Compare this to the Mac fan-bois who are as self centred as a gryoscope but very trendy...
And this is why Linux will mostly stay in the server room (running on the old hardware that Windows cast aside).
Its a vicious cycle with the apps and hardware compatibility. People wont use the system before there is compatibility and companies wont make them compatible before there are people using the system.
We are going to see the usage base grow in places where the price of windows actually matters, like in schools and in poorer countries.
Most linux distros nowadays have an excellent UI. As long as you do not need to connect another hardware or run a specialised piece of software, a linux system is good enough. Its just that the linux community is more interested in releasing 40 distros with tweaked UI rather than making a decent office suite or teaming up with game manufacturers to increase the number of compatible games or make decent media editing software like that available on macs.
I started using linux about 5 years age and still love it, the only reason I dual boot with windhose is to play games.
If they made BF3 for linux I would never look back .
If all games ran on it I'd switch in a heartbeat.
As a guy who had to use Linux for a while, and who grew to be very fond of Fedora Core, the problem with Linux is that it just simply is not...well lets just say, Im consider myself decently advanced in computers and stuff, and even I found it just frustrating to do simple things like install something. Even trying Ubuntu, I found myself going to the console fairly often, and while I love using text OS stuff, its just crazy. If things like WINE didnt exist, wtf would do.
There were quite a lot of novel ideas Windows would be good to do and use.
If only Linux volunteers put half the effort into ReactOS http://www.reactos.org/en/index.html