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    Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?

    Have a read,and post your thoughts.

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    Re: Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?

    I kind of skim read it after reading the first few sentences and realising the author didn't have a clue what he was talking about.

    If the title of the article was "Am I Impatient?" then I would say yes because that's basically all the article is saying.

    Saying that the desktop Linux bubble has burst has nothing to do with Gnome or KDE. Developments in Ubuntu do the most to push desktop Linux forward.

    I don't think there will be a year of the desktop for Linux but the next five years should push everything a lot further. The UK seems to be really embracing Linux and Open source recently and all of Europe and Asia want a reason to ditch Microsoft. Vista may not be XP in a shell suit but its still not a great deal better.

    People get taken with eye candy and the biggest pull to Linux desktop useage and Ubuntu is particular is Beryl/GL which completely embarrasses Aero. Now its getting very stable very quickly and there isn't a lot left for Ubuntu to do to make sure everything but games work then suddenly it all looks a lot rosier.

    I can't speak for KDE but Gnome has had a lot of behind the scenes work done recently. Anyone could change the major rev number if they wanted to.

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    Re: Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?

    As well as Beryl competing very nicely with Aero and OS X's interface, let's not forget Beagle.
    Beagle has the capacity to search through more document / email / picture / sound formats than any other desktop search engine.

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    Re: Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?

    Well I got as far as the bit about Gnome and realised that the author hadn;t a clue.
    Has he bothered to check it out?

    See this: http://live.gnome.org/ThreePointZero for all you need to know about why it is wrong about G3.

    Can't comment on the rest though since I stopped reading.

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    Re: Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve.K View Post
    Well I got as far as the bit about Gnome and realised that the author hadn;t a clue.
    Has he bothered to check it out?

    See this: http://live.gnome.org/ThreePointZero for all you need to know about why it is wrong about G3.

    Can't comment on the rest though since I stopped reading.
    Exactly. People often think that new versions are "oh so great" , just because they look new.
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    Re: Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?

    Quote Originally Posted by darrenm View Post
    I kind of skim read it after reading the first few sentences and realising the author didn't have a clue what he was talking about.

    If the title of the article was "Am I Impatient?" then I would say yes because that's basically all the article is saying.
    not trying to be confrontational here, but don't you think it's a little unfair to accuse the author of being impatient when you admittedly weren't patient enough to read his argument?

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    Re: Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?

    i guess it's an issue. some parts of the open source software were a bit unmainatined, but that's the "price" you have to pay when you don't actually pay a PRICE .
    still, i'm sure the developers of gnome or kde aren't going to let two of the biggest linux desktop envoirments just go down the drain. there are to many distros counting on them. this may be just a minor setback. and if that is the case we can all turn to enlightment

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    Re: Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?

    Quote Originally Posted by mykalreborn View Post
    i guess it's an issue. some parts of the open source software were a bit unmainatined
    Who said they are unmaintained?
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    Re: Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?

    i said a bit unmainained. still maybe it's too strong a word. but you must admit some parts of the linux software world - like the audio authoring distros for example, not the desktop envoriments - are a little "unmainained". don't get me wrong, though, i'm not complaining.

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    Re: Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?

    Wow... so the article's author disses the development teams of both KDE and GNOME, adds a Vista-praising sentence to the end and considers his job done. Hmm?

    I think Linux for desktops is doing better than it ever has, and still improving. My first experiment with Linux was back in 2000. I've had an interest in Linux since before then and wanted to use it. In 2000, I couldn't use largely due to hardware support issues. In late 2001 / early 2002, my own problems with Linux hardware support were gone, but neither KDE nor GNOME seemed user-friendly and convenient enough for me at the time. Compared to the then-new Windows XP, I felt that Linux, for all of its strong points, still lacks in usability. But I also felt later that the desktop environments are improving, and now in the beginning of 2007, I'm very satisfied. The GNOME desktop, by default, is very good. It can't do a few simple things that XP can, but it can also do a whole bunch of things that XP can't. With Beryl and various themes, it can look at least as good as Vista, while having much, much lower hardware requirements.

    Linux has really gone a long way, and Ubuntu, in particular, is a pleasant surprise. A new distro, gained so much populairty and brings more users. It's now actually useable by mere mortals who don't know how to compile software from sources or use grep and awk.

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