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Lol free. Nothing is truly free and if it is then it is for a good reason. People do pay for it. A degree you get for free is worth exactly that.
On topic. Linux while useful will never be a mainstream os for the general public for much the same reasoning that I pointed out above. It is free for a reason. If it started being an os you paid for that had all the driver support and such that windows enjoys it would be more of a mainstream os. I think that is its main limiting factor at this point. Being able to do everything through the gui would be another one. A lot of the gui programs out there are finnicky at best or outright don't work and will wreck your system at worst. Been there done that. I learned you use the command line for anything important.
I use linux on my home server and while it is cumbersome I like it better than whs for one big reason and that is the fact it isn't ridiculously overbloated. I can install Linux on a very small partition while for Windows you need at least a 160 gigs before windows will even let you install it. Plus it takes much more computing power than it needs to. It isn't quite as full featured as whs. No there is no slick gui like whs has nor the dashboard for my clients. But it was free I can't complain too much. Again you get what you pay for. But I do have a web interface so that works just as well I think. The biggest difference in getting this stripped down os to work was a lot of headaches and sleepless nights learning which for me was semi ok as it was something new and a challenge. But for others it would just not work. They would put in some big drives and hit install and be going in a couple hours with whs. Not caring that it took more power to run it or whatever. They just care that it works and it worked easily.
There is a learning curve like anything else and while linux will never be my fulltime desktop os it does have its place in my home.


Do you know how much the BEST science degree in France costs ?

-1300 Euros per month. And now the - in front is not a mistake.

So bad example smile.gif
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I like Ubuntu. I haven't done much work on it, but it seems solid. So much so in fact that I intend to have a dual OS(Win7+ Ubuntu) for my next rig.
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hah this is the thread that never ends

and goes on and on my friends

some people started singing

not knowing what it was
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It won't stop until you make a commitment to pull your windows drives for a month biggrin.gif
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Software is dead when nobody uses it. There are approximately 1.5 billion PCs in use around the world, and if Linux has a market share of 1% (using the most conservative estimates from the poorest sources) then 15 million people are using it on their desktop. Let's be honest, there is far more dead software than that.
This study puts the destop use of the various linux distros at under 1%.I was suprised at how high XP still is
http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/08/10/failure-of-linux-to-grab-1-percent-of-desktop-os-market/
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This study puts the destop use of the various linux distros at under 1%.I was suprised at how high XP still is
http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/08/10/failure-of-linux-to-grab-1-percent-of-desktop-os-market/

That's 18 months out of date, Unity wasn't even the main DE for Ubuntu at that point!

18 months is a lifetime with Linux & open-source software
 
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I did see it, but I didn't actually look at the screenshot to see that it was in fact the man manpage redface.gif

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This study puts the destop use of the various linux distros at under 1%.I was suprised at how high XP still is
http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/08/10/failure-of-linux-to-grab-1-percent-of-desktop-os-market/

Thank you for ignoring the point of my post to provide a link to yet another study that that uses the same dubious data sources. I can provide a link to a more recent blog post from the same site that places it near 1.6% of you like.
Edited by randomizer - 5/29/12 at 2:41am
    
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They certainly did not achieve the 20% prediction (for 2008) made by Siemens in 2003, but predicting Linux will ever have 20% of the desktop market is the definition of "going out on a limb".I do wonder what Siemens saw in 2003(or didn't see) that made them feel comfortable with this 20% prediction by 2008? Can't really conclude things are moving in the correct direction with any type of speed.

I wonder why achieving a high level of desktop usage is important to linux users.Now that is the definition of square peg in round hole.Linux has its "niche" where it excels,that should be good enough.
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