Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Q&A With Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin

Filed under
Linux
Interviews

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.

What happened, and where is Linux going? LinuxInsider sat down with Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin for an exclusive interview to get to the bottom of things.

LinuxInsider: Why is Linux not doing so well on front-end desktops and on laptops? Lack of content? Fragmentation of the Linux platform? The poor quality of drivers?

Full interview




More in Tux Machines

Vector Linux 7.1 Light

If you find yourself needing a new firefox but your computer and glibc is too old, Vector Linux 7.1 light will fit the bill. People who are more comfortable with a SysV style init over systemd will breathe a sign of relief. All in all VL 7.1 is a viable choice for users who wish to continue using their older computers with a modern web browser. Read more

Ubuntu Touch OTA-9.5 Hotfix on Its Way to Fix the Big Mir Issue on Ubuntu Phones

Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak today informs us that the Ubuntu Touch development team is considering and preparing to release the promised OTA-9.5 hotfix to Ubuntu Phones users to fix the big Mir issue that made users' smartphone unstable. Read more

Open Source Desktop: Good News and Bad News

The good news is that open source has become the leader on the desktop. The bad news is that a single desktop is not the leader, and that leadership on the desktop may no longer matter. Obviously, the first statement needs qualifications. It clearly does not refer to the number of users, since officially Linux has yet to break 2%, although, depending on your logic, the actual figure might be several times higher. Read more

KDE Applications 16.04 Release Schedule

The release schedule for the upcoming KDE Applications 16.04 bundle has been firmed up. The approved release schedule puts the KDE Applications 16.04 release on 20 April, while leading up to that is the dependency freeze on 16 March, the 16.04 freeze and beta release on 23 March, and the release candidate on 6 April. Read more