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Is Linux finally ready for the desktop?

I'll take Android on the desktop, mobile and tablet all being able to sync my data with each other.

Been ready for over a decade

Linux is ready for the desktop and has been ready for over a decade...

Mandrake in 2002 was a better, faster, more secure and more usable system that Windows XP in my opinion.

But not just mine - My mother has been using it for the last 3 years - I just showed her were the 'internet' button was, etc.

Many non-technical friends are also running Linux - they wouldn't even know where the control panel was in Widows - they are all fine using 'easy' versions of Linux - pclinuxos, mandriva, ubuntu - the reason that all these people are running linux is because they all had unbootable Windows system (riddled with virus/disease)

Agreed!

I've been a Linux user since 1998, and full time since 2003. The rest of the world just hasn't caught up with me! Definitely serves my purpose...

Linux is way easy and even newbie friendly!

I've been a Linux user since I went full time Linux back in 2006. Both my daughter's PCs run Kubuntu and Linux Mint respectively. My son has Ubuntu 10.10 on his PC and our family laptop has the latest Pardus on it. Not once has any of my children, or wife, complained that Linux has stopped them doing stuff on their computers.

My father is in his 70's and never used a computer before until 2 years ago when I build him a PC and stuck Ubuntu 9.04 on it. He uses it everyday and apart from support with installing a HP printer I haven't had a support call at all.

My father-in-law went on a PC course after I built him a PC with Ubuntu 10.10 on it. After a few weeks, he asked the tutor could Windows be replaced with Ubuntu as it was much easier, and came with all the stuff he needed. The tutor had never heard of Ubuntu, so my father-in-law asked me for a CD, and the following week gave it to the tutor. The tutor now uses Ubuntu on his home PC.

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  • Geary 0.10.0 Email Client Arrives with Support for Multiple Email Addresses per Account
    The modern Geary email client that is currently used in several well-known distributions, has been updated on March 30 to version 0.10.0, a quite small release, but an important milestone in the development cycle towards the final 1.0.0 release of the software.
  • Could Docker replace package management?
    Conventional wisdom holds that containers are fast on their way to remaking everything from application deployment to the design of ultralean Linux distributions. That last part raises a question, though: Could container technologies like Docker be used to solve Linux's long-standing conundrums with package management? Might containers provide a path away from dependency hell and competing (and incompatible) package standards? In the yes camp: The folks at CoreOS, creators of the Linux distribution that revolves entirely around containers, not packages, as its basic unit of modularity.
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    Pushbullet Indicator was updated today with new features like bidirectional universal copy and paste, option to send SMS from the desktop and more.
  • Download Manager flareGet Gets Updated
    flareGet, a full-featured, multi-threaded, multi-segment download manager and accelerator for Linux, is now at version 4.2-92 and is ready for download. This is minor update, but it does bring a few important changes.
  • gThumb 3.3.4 Image Viewer Has Been Updated for GNOME 3.16
    Paolo Bacchilega has announced earlier today, March 30, that the gThumb 3.3 image viewer application has been updated for the newly released GNOME 3.16 desktop environment and GTK+ 3.16 toolkit. This is the fourth maintenance version of gThumb 3.3 and introduces a number of improvements, bugfixes, and updated translations over the previous stable release.
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