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    Re: Why Linux will never dominate the world!

    Quote Originally Posted by rg4w View Post
    72% of smartphones are running Android Linux
    Android isn't Linux. It uses a fork of Linux kernel and this alone makes it a different OS. Yet more important is the fact that the userland is completely different even at CLI level.

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    Re: Why Linux will never dominate the world!

    First of all, Linux already dominates super computers (over 99%), smart phones(over 70%) and (soon) tablets (now around 45%).

    Secondly the real reason why Linux is not yet on the desktop of the average Joe is that Linux is plagued with regressions and no one in the Linux community cares about stability, stable APIs and ABIs. For browsing the web Linux is already more than enough, but for serious work Linux is still lacking.

    You can read the full list of serious Linux issues here.
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    Re: Why Linux will never dominate the world!

    Quote Originally Posted by prodigy_ View Post
    Android isn't Linux. It uses a fork of Linux kernel and this alone makes it a different OS. Yet more important is the fact that the userland is completely different even at CLI level.
    You can run Android on a desktop PC as well Android is not exactly a desktop OS but it can be used this way

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    Re: Why Linux will never dominate the world!

    Quote Originally Posted by rg4w View Post
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    Nearly all embedded systems run Linux

    When we look at the big picture, beyond the desktop Linux has already become the de facto standard of modern computing.
    Speaking as someone who writes software for embedded systems. This is not my experience.

    A lot depends on what the system needs to do.

    Most embedded systems don't need a fully fledged operating system so the majority have either no OS or a simple task switching RTOS.

    While it's not true that the majority of embedded systems use Linux its certainly true that a lot more systems use embedded Linux than Windows.

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    Re: Why Linux will never dominate the world!

    While Linux isn't really looking to take over the computing world, look at the markets. The PC market is declining rapidly as tablet sales increased, but another important piece to Linux users is the Chromebook. Their sales are continuing to surge while Windows computer sales are declining rapidly. The Chromebook uses the Linux kernel and can be modified to run Ubuntu as well (either simultaneously using Crouton or as dual boot using Chrubuntu). The inroads all the distros have made have been impactful to the computing world and school disctricts around the country are gobbling up Chromebooks running Chrome OS (Linux distro) by the thousands. Those are lost PC sales and gained Linux sales. So while I agree the takeover of the computing market doesn't seem to be on the radar, Linux will compete on a much larger scale as Chromebooks hit the market in heavy quantities and young users adapt to using them and demand ownership of them at home as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBABill View Post
    While Linux isn't really looking to take over the computing world, look at the markets. The PC market is declining rapidly as tablet sales increased, but another important piece to Linux users is the Chromebook. Their sales are continuing to surge while Windows computer sales are declining rapidly. The Chromebook uses the Linux kernel and can be modified to run Ubuntu as well (either simultaneously using Crouton or as dual boot using Chrubuntu). The inroads all the distros have made have been impactful to the computing world and school disctricts around the country are gobbling up Chromebooks running Chrome OS (Linux distro) by the thousands. Those are lost PC sales and gained Linux sales. So while I agree the takeover of the computing market doesn't seem to be on the radar, Linux will compete on a much larger scale as Chromebooks hit the market in heavy quantities and young users adapt to using them and demand ownership of them at home as well.
    This "desktop PC is dead" hype is beyond boring and similarly false.

    No serious work can be done on tablets/phones/etc. Try doing engineering/modelling/content creation on portable devices that lack keyboard and mouse.

    Tablets/phones/etc are meant primarily for content consumption.

    And Linux is still nowhere to be seen on the desktop aside from anecdotal 2% world wide usage.

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    Re: Why Linux will never dominate the world!

    Another problem is organization that use webinar tools such as Cisco Webex that won't play nice with Firefox running on Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit. Fortunately I have a few dual-boot PCs and I had to use Firefox running under XP.

    John

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    Re: Why Linux will never dominate the world

    Linux does rule my networking world. Of the 55 servers I maintain, only 4 are still Windows based and that's strictly due to the fact that the applications running on them were only written for Windows.

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    Re: Why Linux will never dominate the world!

    Quote Originally Posted by prodigy_ View Post
    Android isn't Linux. It uses a fork of Linux kernel and this alone makes it a different OS. Yet more important is the fact that the userland is completely different even at CLI level.
    Android runs on the standard Linux kernel and the Linux Foundation deem it as a Linux variant. Regardless of how the user interacts with the OS, at its heart is the Linux kernel just like any other Linux based OS.

    Linus Torvalds has said publicly that Linux's only failure has been at the Desktop level as when you break it down the figures, it dominates everywhere else.

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