Is Desktop Linux Dead? | LAS | s19e04

Is Desktop Linux Dead? | LAS | s19e04

Big claims were made this week that “Linux on the desktop is dead”. Are mobile devices making Linux irrelevant? Is the year of Desktop Linux doomed to never arrive? Or is Linux JUST getting started? We discuss!

THEN – News from the Ubuntu Development Summit shines light on features for the next release, and why Fedora wants to reorganize the file system!


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Is Desktop Linux Dead?

3kirt writes:

  • I do think it’s going to take a lot longer than many Linux evangelists are willing to admit. 5, 10, maybe 20 years? As cloud computing becomes so dominant, perhaps the commercial vendors will over a long long time, start to pull out of the Market.
  • Linux on the desktop will be around as long as people care about it, and there’s plenty of people that do.
  • Relatively small amount of developer effort being put into the desktop stack as compared to more server oriented things like the kernel.

okinawalinuxfan writes:

  • There are enough Linux enthusiast and professionals to keep the community healthy for the foreseeable future.
  • Many rely on Linux where it counts – Automobiles, Medical Equipment, Air Traffic Control, Stock Markets, National Defense Satellites, GPS, Manufacturing, and countless other critical systems that make our lives better every day.

Chris’ thoughts:

  • Windows 8 will introduce the new Metro UI. Many end-users/companies may wish to keep there current hardware, and swap the OS to Linux.
  • Vendors may find solutions like Ubuntu + Unity are their best route to avoid vendor ecosystem lock-in.
  • New data shows slow steady growth, this seems consistent with an organically marketed OS: Windows market share slides in October as Mac, Linux gain
  • Linux’s 60% share on servers (I think that is low too) continues to drive it to become a stable secure platform. This work is directly beneficial to making a safe and reliable desktop.

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