nonseq, on 30 April 2012 - 11:28 AM, said:
IanHolton, on 30 April 2012 - 11:11 AM, said:
If Linux is a flop then apple desktop must be a massive flop with all the momemtum behind it and it's still allegedly 5-10% of desktop usage depending on who you ask. In the end for me Linux has been a great success. I enjoy my computer which has run for years no problems. Seriosly I have never had a software failure in years I am a average user who came from windows becuase I was fed up with software failure. My Daughter has just brought a Windows 7 laptop and asked me to set it up, connect it to our network and printer. The printer is wireless two or three clicks to install in Linux. Windows 7 failed to find the driver I had to manually download the driver and am having issues still getting it to install. That's a flop as far as I'm concerned.
Hmm Linux available for 21 years and still 1.4% of the desktop. Apple's percentage has grown along with customer satisfaction, and profits. Apple seems to be meeting and exceeding its goals while the nature of linux and Open Source eliminates goals.
I've come to the conclusion that Linux is a very fine OS but is hampered- almost to extinction by the GNU/linux license. That's only my opinion but I think that Linux could have much larger market share almost overnight by developing some sort of hybrid proprietary/Open Source model- especially for developing sophisticated and professional applications that will meet and exceed consumer standards.
Another good point the article makes is that switching, even to a free OS, has a cost to it. Retraining employees, etc. Plus I've personally experienced the same issues raised in the article. GIMP doesn't cut the mustard when're Photoshop is needed. I thought at one point to use Inkwell, GIMP and a page layout app I forget what it is called. None of them worked for me. Libre Office is good enough I think for any business not using Marcos, or doing anything too complicated. It filled my needs just as well as Office does, except where Outlook is concerned. Evolution, which many distributions seem to love is the worst email client on the planet. No way I would use that day to day. Thunderbird is okay for personal, but not ideal and not as good as Outlook for exchange. I think Microsoft pretty much has corporate email in their back pocket. The new Apple Mail client in Lion is great. I could easily use that for business, but they need to allow more flag colors and follow up reminders with due dates that can due dates that then becomes tasks in Reminder. Apple Mail is getting close.
I think the average college student or home user should have no trouble with Linux. Good free productivity apps, nice games, free OS. Much better than what my Commodore 64 offered and that's what I used in school. Later I used an Amiga with Word Perfect 4.01. To me that was a killer app. But when going corporate I find I need other tools.
On Windows, Office, Project, Visio or on Mac, Office Mac, FastTrack, OmniGraffle. And either of those platforms needs Adobe creative suite. Also lots of specialized apps are needed. Some on Windows, some on Mac. I can't switch to Linux 100%. I couldn't even switch to Windows 100%. In fact, I can't use Macs 100%. I need both Windows and Macs. Linux I just like, but it doesn't have a real need for me right now. I just appreciate what the OpenSource community is doing. I like knowing I have an OS I can install when I want without having to worry about activation issues or software. Linux is a good thing to have in your corner for when you need it. Glad it's there.