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Poll: Will 2014/2015 be the year of Linux?

Will 2014/2015 be the year of Linux?

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#16 +Majesticmerc

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 15:39

This won't be the year of Linux on the desktop, and this comes from someone fairly invested in Linux. XP user's will mostly upgrade to Windows 8.x (or seven if the jump to 8.x is too jarring), and those who can't upgrade to 7 will likely stay with XP indefinitely (people not running a PC capable of Windows 7 at this point are not likely concerned with the advances it offers).

 

At this point, Linux is definitely a better OS than XP from a fundamental perspective, but you can't train people away from the Windows ecosystem overnight.

 

As a bet, I'd say that there will be an increase in Linux user's this year, but it won't be enormous. The largest jump in Linux userbase will likely come from SteamOS if and when it lands.

 

To be honest though, I don't really care if there is ever a "year of Linux on the desktop". At this point, the phrase itself is mostly used sarcastically by Linux haters who grasp onto the phrase because they don't know what else to say. I, and most of the other Linux users I know, don't really care if Windows ever get's toppled. As long as I can continue to use Linux in my own way, that's great. If Linux does continue to build market share, even better, because more users leads to more vendor support which leads to a better overall experience.




#17 Max Norris

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 15:39

Eh I don't see "the year of" thing happening personally, never mind being grossly over-used for years.

 

On the Android side, sure the kernel was extremely successful, although it's not "Linux the desktop OS", you can't just install Linux software on an Android device and run it, nor can the desktop OS run Android software. Linux the kernel is not Linux the desktop OS.  Semantics and all that. 

 

On the desktop, not so much.  Linux has had a 1-2%ish usage for years.  Vista didn't change it.  7 didn't change it.  8 didn't change it.  XP dying off is just going to be more of the same.  The marketshare will primarily shuffle around different versions of Windows, assuming those particular users upgrade at all.. it's been years, if they haven't by now they probably never will until the hardware dies.

 

SteamOS... I don't see that taking off in big numbers either.  It's a nice idea but it's got some significant hurdles, namely the number of titles available,  never mind the price since they're trying to market it as a console.  A couple hundred games versus thousands.  The hardware may or may not sell, but if I were to buy one of the things I'd not cripple my selection, first thing I'd do is get it with Windows on it.  At the end of the day it's still just a custom PC, so really hard to say if it'll take off or is just riding the hype.



#18 paulheu

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 15:43

It will never be the year of Linux, as far as consumer use goes Linux simply is not capable or suitable to be a viable replacement for Windows and never will.

 

 

So you're missing a choice in your poll..



#19 threetonesun

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 15:45

Linux? No. Linux and Unix variants? Yeah, happened a while ago.

 

People with Windows XP will upgrade to 7. It's not that different. 



#20 HawkMan

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 15:53

Tell that to the Linux foundation and Android central, oh and lose the snark while you're at it:
www.androidcentral.com/ask-ac-android-linux

 

Funny thing is, whenever there's negative android news, the linux foundation and linux peopel go all out "Android isn't linux" when there's talk of adoption numbers and positive news, oh, it's linux all right.... Android themselves is doign the same dance.

 

but no, android started out as linux, but it's not really linux anymore, and hasn't been for a long time. it came from linux, but it's not. 



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 16:04

I consider Android and Linux sort of in the same way Neanderthals and Humans are both from the "Homo" family. 

Android is an evolved fork of Linux for the mobile market, its like a separate evolutionary link if you like. Both Operating Systems still exist but came from the same origins and are evolving further and further apart just like the branches of a tree coming from the same seed. 

Oh and yes i was on about the Desktop OS, and this was just for fun :)

On a serious note though I can't see people chucking away working computers (that cant run Windows Vista and above) or spending money upgrading those old machines when they could get a new machine very cheap. Something has to happen to those old machines right? 

It might be they just get put in storage never to be seen again (hoarding) or perhaps they might just keep Windows XP but I really doubt many people will just chuck the PC's or Upgrade them. 



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 16:05

I'm not sure how SteamOS will succeed so far. From what I can see there are 100 titles available for Linux/SteamOS. The majority are DLC and almost no known titles. They're mostly small indie games.

#23 adrynalyne

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 16:05

Funny thing is, whenever there's negative android news, the linux foundation and linux peopel go all out "Android isn't linux" when there's talk of adoption numbers and positive news, oh, it's linux all right.... Android themselves is doign the same dance.

 

but no, android started out as linux, but it's not really linux anymore, and hasn't been for a long time. it came from linux, but it's not. 

Android isn't GNU/Linux, which is what Linux on the Desktop would be.  It contains a few GNU utilities, and the Linux kernel, but  that is where the similarities stop.

 

Android absolutely does use the Linux kernel, but the kernel is not what people see or use directly.  So is Android using a Linux kernel?  Yes.  Is it "Linux" as people like to call it, it as an OS?  No.    People like to interchange the term Linux for an entire OS, and then just the kernel.  Only one way is right (hint, its not the first one).



#24 Kreuger

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 16:12

Its been the year of Linux for me since I made the switch 11 years ago, so whatever.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 16:14

I'm not following what you mean by 'year of linux'

 

The year of people choosing linux? No.

The year linux surpasses windows installs? No.

The year linux becomes user-friendly? No.

 

 

Linux already has taken over. Apple use linux in everything, Android is linux, the PS4 is majority linux/FreeBSD, the server that runs this site is linux... Its everywhere. More appropriately, its the year of the death of Windows!



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 16:16

Actually.. This may be the year of Linux for me.. I am in the process of creating a Proof of Concept for my company.. We rely very heavily on iPads at the moment. Most of our machines are P4s and run Windows XP.. I have to upgrade all of those machines.. However, it might be possible for SOME users to keep their machines and run Linux on it.. Their apps that they will use, will be pushed out with Citrix.. So they can work on their desktop and pick up right where they left off on their iPad or or another computer.. It won't be for all users, but some that don't require a lot, it could be an option.. 



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 16:32

Its been the year of Linux for me since I made the switch 11 years ago, so whatever.

 

 

Actually.. This may be the year of Linux for me.. I am in the process of creating a Proof of Concept for my company.. We rely very heavily on iPads at the moment. Most of our machines are P4s and run Windows XP.. I have to upgrade all of those machines.. However, it might be possible for SOME users to keep their machines and run Linux on it.. Their apps that they will use, will be pushed out with Citrix.. So they can work on their desktop and pick up right where they left off on their iPad or or another computer.. It won't be for all users, but some that don't require a lot, it could be an option.. 

 

That. It is not the year of Linux for EVERYONE. Some people like it, some people hate it. Why can't we just say "year of Linux for those who are compatible with it"?



#28 Kryspy

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 16:33

Funny thing is I could have someone up and running with Linux Mint and comfortable before Windows finishes installing and going through all of its' hotfixes.

 

Kryspy



#29 Max Norris

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 16:36

Funny thing is I could have someone up and running with Linux Mint and comfortable before Windows finishes installing and going through all of its' hotfixes.

If we're going to rate an OS solely on how fast it is to install from scratch then it'll be the year of MS-DOS.



#30 adrynalyne

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 16:37

I'm not following what you mean by 'year of linux'

 

The year of people choosing linux? No.

The year linux surpasses windows installs? No.

The year linux becomes user-friendly? No.

 

 

Linux already has taken over. Apple use linux in everything, Android is linux, the PS4 is majority linux/FreeBSD, the server that runs this site is linux... Its everywhere. More appropriately, its the year of the death of Windows!

What exactly does Apple use Linux for?





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