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Why Does the Linux Desktop So Lack Proprietary Apps?

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Software Over the past few years, I've watched the progress of the Linux desktop continue to evolve beyond my wildest expectations. Yet despite all this success, it seems like adoption of proprietary software on the desktop Linux platform remains spotty at best.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 409

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: A look at Linux Mint 11
  • News: Fedora 16 features, Illumos - the successor to the OpenSolaris community, Debian, Scientific and FreeNAS interviews
  • Questions and answers: Extending battery life
  • Released last week: Peppermint OS Two, Toorox 06.2011, Macpup 525
  • Upcoming releases: openSUSE 12.1 Milestone 2, Frugalware Linux 1.5 Pre 2
  • Site news: Annual package database update
  • New additions: Swift Linux
  • New distributions: Elisa GNU/Linux, jggimi
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Linux: Not for Lovers?

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Linux (blog safari): You just never know on any given day what's waiting for you in the Linux blogosphere. Some days, it's fresh, awesome news of FOSS' growing mainstream acceptance. Other days, well, it's not.


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Linux Yet another “GNU/Linux Desktop is DEAD” FUD-piece. Basically the authour writes that it won’t happen because it won’t happen, a circular argument.

Measuring Android’s Fail Points

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Linux Based on Tom Callaway’s “Fail Scale” and inspired by a recent tweet by Ryan Rix I decided to measure just how much Fail does Android have in its project.

Current Debates...

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linuxmigrante.blogspot: This has been quite a controversial weekend in the world of FLOSS. First, apparently a Linux expert wrote an article stating his return to Redmond's OS, and then there was another article criticizing the names FLOSS developers give to their creations.

Different Methods to Create Live USB with Linux

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Software Instead of running Linux from CD, you can create Live USB with iso image. There are different methods to achieve the task. Let's look at some of them.

The Linux Kernel Power Issues Continues To Bite Users

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Linux The Linux kernel power regressions in the Linux 2.6.38 where I was the first to largely document and prove would cause major power problems in Ubuntu 11.04 and other Linux distributions, continues to bite plenty of mobile users.

Anyone Can use the Linux Operating System

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jeffhoogland.blogspot: Today’s topic of conversation is something I feel fairly strongly about. It is something I have seen happen countless times, both in person and posted various places around the internet. Some semi-tech head (or Windows system admin) downloads this “Linux” thing and decides they are going to boot it up. They don’t look up their hardware online for compatibility, they just pop the disc in and expect everything to work.


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Microsoft I usually rant about that other OS messing up or GNU/Linux making great strides. Today I am going to do a counter-rant. Batsov has a rant up about how miserable GNU/Linux on the desktop has made him so he is “going back” to that other OS after 8 years. I find a wholesale defect in his reasoning.

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