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Sincere Concerns for Linux at Home

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2012 is a few hours away. Thankfully, no one is claiming that "Year of the Linux Desktop" anymore across OSS fora or other social media on the web.

Linux Desktop is not going to die, but it won't win more home desktop users either. The present stack of servers will continue work day and night in the racks, linux servers will power my office website, Android cell phones will probably gain more users, Windows 8 may go unnoticed on the mobile devices, million other appliances may definitely run on linux, more linux distributions will surface, some will die unmaintained, there will be hue and cry about the major improvements in some of the core and sub-core components of linux, four new kernel versions will be released, gnome shell will ride v. 3.6, we'll see some more forking of gnome and other desktop environments as well as distributions... so on and so forth. But the usershare will dwindle at roughly 1%.

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Desktop woes

He has some good comments. Perhaps I could propose a distribution, similar in intent to Debian or Centos which would have a 3-5 year update cycle for basic API and user interface, security & bug patches available, but with application packages which are no more than 9 months out of date. Maybe you wouldn't have the latest and greatest GUI/spinning cube, but also would promise that the computer you bought this year would not be obsolete in 12 months.

Gee, that sounds a lot like Puppy Linux! Big Grin The only reason I don't run Puppy by default is I either don't know how to do updates properly, or the process is awkward.

Give me an Android OS for the PC

Most Linux desktop distributions will die in their present form. I'll take an Android OS on the PC that will sync with my Android Tablet and Phone.

+1 for PC Android!

It should have been Icecream Sandwich already, what are they waiting still?


Android on PC... Creepy. We should struggle to keep linux distros as they are alive for as long as possible.

RE: eww

Time for the MS Windows and X Server based UNIX dinosaurs to leave the scene.

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