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Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

Posted Sep 12, 2012 7:41 UTC (Wed) by anselm (subscriber, #2796)
In reply to: Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop by khim
Parent article: Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

This was tried in the beginning of the "netbook era". The whole construct went down in flames.

Please remind us which »serious commercial entity with real technical expertise« was in charge of Linux on netbooks.

The way I remember Linux netbooks is that the various netbook manufacturers put outlandish Linux distributions on them with no real support or standardisation, rather than have a mainstream distribution maker (i.e., »serious commercial entity with real technical expertise«) do the heavy lifting for them so the result might have had some legs.


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Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

Posted Sep 12, 2012 17:10 UTC (Wed) by andrel (guest, #5166) [Link]

Yup. That's because the netbook manufacturers's strategy wasn't to get into the Linux market, but rather to force Microsoft to continue selling Windows XP. It worked too.

Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

Posted Sep 12, 2012 17:50 UTC (Wed) by anselm (subscriber, #2796) [Link]

OK, but the hypotheses »Linux on netbooks went down in flames« and »Linux was only put onto netbooks to scare Microsoft« are mutually exclusive.

If the netbook manufacturers didn't even try to seriously sell netbooks with a reasonable Linux, the »failure« of Linux on netbooks doesn't prove that Linux can't fly on desktop machines, because it still might if it was done properly.

Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

Posted Sep 12, 2012 18:11 UTC (Wed) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

If the netbook manufacturers didn't even try to seriously sell netbooks with a reasonable Linux, the »failure« of Linux on netbooks doesn't prove that Linux can't fly on desktop machines, because it still might if it was done properly.

It absolutely will fly when “done properly”. Unfortunately it becomes more and more obvious that “done properly == done behind the closed doors without involvement of the community”. Which is… kinda sad.

The only remaining question is: will it be done on basis of Android or are there other possibilities? Time will show us, I guess.

Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

Posted Sep 12, 2012 19:50 UTC (Wed) by boudewijn (subscriber, #14185) [Link]

"Unfortunately it becomes more and more obvious that “done properly == done behind the closed doors without involvement of the community”. Which is… kinda sad."

It becomes nothing of the kind. The various netbook's weird and ugly linux distributions were exactly that: done behind closed doors without community involvement.

The whole idea that "done properly == done behind the closed doors" is awfully close to the idea that "what this country needs is a strong man, not democracy."


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