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    Linux Engineer MASONTX's Avatar
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    Is desktop linux dead?

    A recent slashdot article claims desktop linux is dead
    (Slashdot Linux Story | Desktop Linux Is Dead)
    I disagree. As someone who came to linux in 2008 and dabbled, then really got enthused in 2010, I think desktop linux is just now ready for the average computer user.
    What do the forum members think?

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    I have read this same article 2 days before and I'd beg to differ from the content.
    In fact I think Desktop era for Linux has just started.

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    Super Moderator Roxoff's Avatar
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    It's still on my desktop. And my laptop. And now my phone. It's always been on my server. Doesn't seem very dead to me.
    Linux user #126863 - see

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    Linux Guru coopstah13's Avatar
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    These FUD articles come out every so often where some pundit claims desktop linux is dead, but its still around and always will be

    The desktop itself seems to be somewhat dying, but that will take a while and linux is already taking over in the mobile space

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    The dog barks, but the caravan goes on.

    The moon does not heed the barking of dogs.
    I refuse to let fear and fear of others rule my life. It puts my humanity at risk.
    Accepting Death is the only way to stay alive.

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    Linux Engineer hazel's Avatar
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    Well, if their idea of "desktop" is just a machine for playing DVDs, I don't think Linux ever aimed at that market. You might as well complain that people don't use Linux on gaming consoles.
    "I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"

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    Linux Guru techieMoe's Avatar
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    For this guy? Apparently it is. As for me? Well you could have fooled me. My laptop and my new netbook are alive and kicking with the latest version of Ubuntu, which is acting rather lively for an undead operating system.

    Move along folks, nothing to see here. The open-source community will live on with or without DRM multimedia.
    Registered Linux user #270181

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    I've heard the same statements for years. Over the last 6 years, I've converted more people to Linux than I can count; both in the workstation and server areas. From commerical to personal system and 10 Companies and 2 School districts and going strong. I agree with techiMoe.. "... nothing to see here".

    ** 10 years with Linux and I haven't been disappointed yet.

    By the way, this reply was brought to you by "Ubuntu Desktop 10.10".
    Last edited by snelson; 10-21-2010 at 11:51 PM.

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    Smile Desktop = games?

    Most of my co-workers who don't use Linux on their desktops cite the inability to run games. This merely confirms what I have been asserting for years; that Windows is just an expensive game platform, unsuitable for anything else.

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