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Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop 591

itwbennett writes "The old Linux arguments that pit one tool against another — Evolution vs. Thunderbird, LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice, and GNOME3 vs. Unity vs. KDE vs. everything else — may cost Linux its shot at the desktop, opines blogger Brian Proffitt. 'We can compare LibreOffice to to Office till the cows come home,' says Proffitt. 'But what happens when Google Docs gets truly robust enough for business and high-end document production? Or Prezi gets enough mindshare to start an upwards trajectory of user numbers?' It should be the case that increasing reliance on cloud software will make it easier for businesses to choose Linux, but for that to happen, Linux communities need to stop fighting the old fights, says Proffitt."
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Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop

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  • by Osgeld ( 1900440 ) on Wednesday August 10, 2011 @12:18PM (#37045230)

    last night I visited mod archive, and wanted to use its web player, which uses java and I didnt have it installed

    Firefox pops up "you need a plug in" do its little search thing cant find shit, goto java's site there is source and RPM but no deb and I really dont feel like compiling software to listen to chiptunes

    BUT thank god it was in the software manager thingie! fired it up let it install, restarted firefox "you need a plug in"

    so now its a half hour later and I am digging around in a fucking ubuntu forum trying to figure out the magical cryptic command to get fucking java working in a browser, I finally found

    sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin sun-java6-fonts

    restarted firefox and OMG it works but now I have to go to bed. WTF, you seriously want people like my parents using this garbage as a mainstream OS? I don't even want to deal with it anymore, cause every single little nitpicky thing turns into a pain in the ass, and there are a trillion variations so it never seems to ever be "fixed" it just moves around distros

  • Re:Linux = Servers (Score:4, Informative)

    by 0123456 ( 636235 ) on Wednesday August 10, 2011 @12:59PM (#37045936)

    Linux == servers
    Linux == desktops
    Linux == webcams
    Linux == TVs
    Linux == Blu-Ray players
    Linux == phones
    Linux == anywhere that people want a free, secure OS

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