The open-source Linux operating system is widely deployed on enterprise server infrastructure, but it also has a place on the desktop, as well. While many in the Linux community have long speculated on when "The Year of the Linux Desktop" would finally arrive, the reality is that there is no single such entity as THE Linux Desktop.
A follow-up to last-years Why Desktop Linux Sucks session, well take a look at the progress Desktop Linux has made over the last year. Then well look at where it is still broken and what needs to happen to fix it.
The old "market share" debate is one that's all too familiar to most Linux fans, particularly the tired -- not to mention wildly unrealistic -- "1 percent" figure detractors love to cite as desktop Linux's portion.
Some of us are still waiting for the year of the Linux desktop. Some think it's already here. One thing is certain however, Linux does not have a majority desktop market share. By the time we get there, perhaps the entire idea of what a Desktop is will have been re-defined, thanks to "The Cloud".
In 2007, Linux was heralded as the desktop of the future. However, the history of Linux on the desktop has been a story of strong support from a relatively small group of diehards but little real impact on the market as a whole. And by last year, there was even talk that the dream of the Linux desktop had been shattered. Why is Linux not doing so well on front-end desktops and on laptops?
While 64-bit Linux desktop support has been in good shape for years, it seems there's a surprising number of Intel/AMD Linux desktop users undecided whether to use the 32-bit or 64-bit installation images of their favorite Linux distribution.
I’ve been an avid proponent of Linux on the desktop since 2006 when I first burnt Ubuntu to a CD and booted from it. I love the philosophy, I love the community aspect and I love the degree of customization. Yet even as we look back at the past half decade and admire how far Linux has come, there are two key hurdles preventing Linux from being more widely adopted on the desktop.
Hi people, im a linux user from brazil :) sorry about my english, is not the best :)I've been using linux just for about 2 by now... i've teste many many distros, my first one to really use was ubuntu, then i changed for xubuntu and used it a lot... than i used linux mint 13 xfce...