Why Linux is forging ahead on the desktop

Why Linux is forging ahead on the desktop

Summary: The PC desktop has made significant strides, thanks in no small measure to open source and Linux, says Jack Wallen

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    3. Features
    Every Linux desktop offers its own combination of features, ranging from the standard to the extraordinary. This richness of feature choice is an area where Linux has always been king. Who can compete with the ability of open-source developers to create such an abundance of features? Of course, not every feature is an outright success, but you can count a number of notable hits among the vast number of new features appearing on the Linux desktop every year.

    Pictured above is the E17 distro.

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    4. KDE 4.8 activities
    I've always admired desktop activities. With the rollout of KDE 4.8, this feature has been made easier to use, as well as more effective and reliable. If you've never experienced KDE activities, KDE 4.8 is a good time to try. With a quick access button, preconfigured activities, and a much more responsive and reliable system, it can rapidly become your favourite desktop feature, allowing you to work far more efficiently and cleanly.

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    5. GNOME 3's progress
    When the latest GNOME hit the desktop, it was not only filled with bugs, but it was a hardly usable replacement for what was probably the most efficient and stable desktop available. Yet GNOME 3 has come on so far in such a short time. In less than a year, it has become incredibly reliable and efficient. Few pieces of software can claim such an improvement over such a short period.

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  • You're an excellent ambassador for Linux, Jack, and have put a great spin on all the recent trials and tribulations.
    The Former Moley
  • This article points out that GNU/Linux is more than capable on the desktop which it is. However, it can be confusing for newcomers in deciding which desktop to go with. Gnome, KDE, Xfce are the leaders, and they are all somewhat different. The problems that we also face with migrating others from Windows to GNU/Linux is the time and effort needed, since most Windows customers are locked in to it by Microsoft's clever schemes. But, it is a one time move and can be done. Many Windows users simply aren't aware of GNU/Linux and the feature rich desktops and enormous list of software available. Spread the word!
    Chris_Clay
  • After seeing Windows 8, and just today reading about how MS is charging people extra to enable DVD playback on Windows 8 machines, I'm now really glad I ditched Windows and went with Ubuntu. To be fair, Windows 8 would be okay for a tablet/phone environment, but not for a full desktop or laptop PC. It butchers the PC experience pretty much. You can only view one application on the screen at once in Windows 8, having to slide across panels of "tiles" looks like a pain in the arse, and it's totally different from what people were used to before with the Start menu and taskbar. Why change what worked before?

    I say, if you're looking to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, just do yourself an enormous favor and don't. Go with Ubuntu 12.xx instead.
    anonymous
  • Tommy O'Neil :

    Interesting that you bring this up, as David Meyer just posted an article about this as well:

    http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/communication-breakdown-10000030/windows-8-skips-built-in-dvd-playback-10026079/

    No surprises here, Microsoft is up to the same old games as always, to try and get users on Windows then force them to pay more once they are "hooked". The numerous editions of Windows is ridiculous. At a minimum they could at least do like Apple and just charge one price and enable all of the features.

    Thankfully you've been able to dump Windows so that you no longer have to re-buy Windows over and over. Spread the word as we need to let others know how to save money as well.
    Chris_Clay