If this is your first visit, be sure to
check out the FAQ by clicking the
link above. You may have to register
before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages,
select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.
Lol, dude, do know what happened way back in the day when Red Hat was on the stock market? The entire financial world thought that Linux was the next Windows and the stocks literaly skyrocketed. It was going crazy.
It happened before. But Linux is like this vampire that you can't kill but only sedate (patents, yay) for a while. It isn't going away and it is far from dying, that you can bet your ass on.
Now you'll notice something similar happened with Ubuntu. Something about history and repeating or something. Well anyway I guess that's what happened.
Now there is Windows 7 and no more market depression and so everything is back to normal again. You'll even see the Apple craze fading away with those tiny worms and iPhone4 connection errors and people are starting to see Apple aint so perfect either.
So the marketing hype is gone, but Linux isn't, never was and never will. Linux is now the epic center of FLOSS colaboration of all huge companies all around the globe and so nothing bad is happening.
Just remember Linux != desktop distro's. It is in you tv, phone, watch, microwave, nuclear missile, vacuumcleaner and everything else that runs on a battery, but it certainly not a pop thing so get over it please :P
If you look at destroying then the only thing you can destroy is Microsoft, Apple. Linux cannot die.
Sadly it can. When Linux will be replaced by some proprietary software on PCs, embedded devices, in HPC. Then, we can probably say it died. However, it seems Linux is the most healthy player out there.
I'm more interested in Linux remaining a stable and viable desktop platform than becoming popular.
As long as there is a fully functioning, Free (!!!) modern desktop and a high-quality Unix-like system underneath, I'm happy.
I don't particularly care if it has 1% or 90% of the "market". And I dislike attempts to make Linux less functioning and less Free just to appeal to people who don't care about Linux in the first place.
The most important questions are : Is it good? Is it free? Is it interoperable?
The last issue is the only one that is related to the market share. Luckily, OSS programs are becoming popular on closed platforms too (such as Firefox and OOo), so interoperability is less of a problem than it used to be.
I don't care about how trendy it is either, but don't forget that with bigger adoption comes bigger hardware support. The more it is used and the more the OSS paradigm spreads the more hardware vendors will feel the pressure to release drivers for Linux. Or so I want to believe.
I've just recently started using Linux (Ubuntu 10.04) at my new job, and I really like it. I think it should be getting more popular, it's easy to use, and even easy to install and dual boot on a Windows computer.