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Desktop Linux Adoption: An Introspection

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Daily I scan the headlines for more evidence of desktop Linux adoption. With more and more manufacturers offering pre-installed Linux, I have an increasingly sound basis for my hope. Many times I have asked myself, "is this finally the year of Linux on the desktop?"

Of late, however, I have been consumed by a different question: Why do I want the market share of desktop Linux to increase?

Among Linux enthusiasts (with whom I count myself) there is a stated desire to see the market share of our favorite product increase. No longer the choice only of hobbyists, we want Linux to be the number one choice of generic consumers as well. But why do I share that goal?

Am I a Free Software evangelist like Richard Stallman? Do I possess an altruistic urge to spread software freedom to all computer users? Am I an Open Source evangelist like Bruce Perens?

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"Thats nice but...."

First let me say that I've made this point before in previous article. This is just an idea that I've given some serious thought about and would like to hear from serious and sincere Linux developement community people.

One way to increase Linux'es desktop useage would be to develope a multi madia platform similar to Microsoft's "Direct X". This would encourage game developers, allowing them to create games and multi media products more easily and effectively. Microsoft found this out after years of complaining from the game development community and users and what drives their Xbox videogame system. This is what keeps Windows on the desktop of millions of people's PC whether the Linux community wants to admit this or not. Wine is fine but can only go so far and duel booting is another option which many people do. Linux has come along way since I first tried it out with Redhat a couple of years ago and is much more easier to install and use. Yes I realize that not all Linux users use their PC's for entertainment, but you must admit there are some people who do like playing games or some kind of entertainment on their PC besides running productivity software or using Linux as servers.

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