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2009, Year of the Linux Delusion 696

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the feed-the-trolls dept.
gadgetopia writes "An article has come out claiming (yet again) that 2009 will be the year of Linux, and bases this prediction on the fact that low-power ARM processors will be in netbooks which won't have enough power to run Windows, but then says these new netbooks will be geared to 'web only' applications which suits Linux perfectly. And, oh yeah, Palm might save Linux, too." The article goes on to skewer the year of Linux thing that seems to show up on pretty much every tech news site throughout December and January as lazy editors round out their year with softball trolling stories and "Year End Lists." We should compile a year-end list about this :)
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2009, Year of the Linux Delusion

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  • by genner (694963) on Thursday December 18, 2008 @12:20PM (#26161761)

    The article is deceiving on many fronts. The author states that it is "inconceivable" that the Windows 7 release date will slip past mid 2009. Why is it inconceivable when Microsoft regulary misses its release dates?

    They keep using that word.
    I don't think they know what it means.

  • by Leadmagnet (685892) on Thursday December 18, 2008 @12:23PM (#26161811) Homepage
    Vista is a huge and costly flop for Microsoft, they only sold 300 million copies this year, and barely 200 million copies of Office 2007, and IE is barely 80% of the browser market at this rate they will be out of business any second now. They might as well turn off the lights and go home. However if they can hold on just long enough to release Windows 7 in 2010 then it might postpone their timely demise by a couple years at best.
  • by Spatial (1235392) on Thursday December 18, 2008 @02:55PM (#26164051)
    Jesus! Don't throw soap around here, you could hurt someone. The key is gradual exposure.
  • by blackbear (587044) on Thursday December 18, 2008 @03:58PM (#26165051)
    To Slashdot at large, I promise that I will stop feeding the troll after this, but I've been working hard all week and need the amusement.

    Mcgrew said that he was less productive, and offered some subjective metrics as the basis of his belief. I'm sorry that public school didn't cover the difference between opinion and fact, but his statement was about his own experience. If it was a lie, he was deceiving himself. I don't know him, so can't say. I suppose you do, so you win, he was lying.

    As to my mental issues, are you saying that if I'm not bigoted, then it's OK to hate Windows? I'm glad to know that. I'll try not to be so bigoted and fearful in the future. I don't want anything to stand in the way of my hate, and I desprately need your approval for that.

    Finally, I really don't care what you find hard to believe. I simply wrote that I hate Windows. I'm sorry that it causes you so much pain. would you like a cookie?
  • by Richy_T (111409) on Thursday December 18, 2008 @05:18PM (#26166199) Homepage

    If we end up with a filesystem like iTunes, I'm slitting my wrists.

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