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  • #21
    Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
    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.

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    • #22
      I don't see how a piece of code can go bankrupt, but that might just be me :')

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      • #23
        I dont think Linux is loosing popularity. More and more people are talking about Linux, even computer noobs. Linux is becoming more and more accepted. Linux is here to stay.

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        • #24
          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.

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          • #25
            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.

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            • #26
              Yes, this is an important factor. BSD is not a worse system than Linux as far as I can tell, but it does not have such a wide driver support as a result of a much smaller install base.

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              • #27
                Originally posted by kebabbert View Post
                More and more people are talking about Linux, even computer noobs.
                Word of mouth is the best marketing ever.

                -"Virus this, Vista sucks that."
                "Yeah that's why I hate Windows :')"
                -"Do you use Apple?"
                "No Linux"
                -"Yeah I heared about that. It's pretty good"

                ^That came from a girl who's a total computer noob. I was like; Niiiiceeee

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
                  Word of mouth is the best marketing ever.

                  -"Virus this, Vista sucks that."
                  "Yeah that's why I hate Windows :')"
                  -"Do you use Apple?"
                  "No Linux"
                  -"Yeah I heared about that. It's pretty good"

                  ^That came from a girl who's a total computer noob. I was like; Niiiiceeee

                  So, the relevant question then? "Will you marry me?" Or, you were like, what?!

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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by sabriah View Post
                    So, the relevant question then? "Will you marry me?" Or, you were like, what?!

                    It's nice and computers fascinate me but I don't realy care if chicks are into computers. It's more about the click, character, looks and the 'x-factor', lol.

                    Will see what comes out of it; I'm not frustrated or anything. It's not like I'm the stereotype geek/nerd in RL

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                    • #30
                      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.

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