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Wellcome to perfect defeat?

Posted 05-09-2009 at 08:07 AM by AGer

In ancient Chinese classification "perfect victory" is one when the defeated side does not know there was a battle and it has been defeated. Using that as the definition of "perfect defeat", I wonder if desktop Linux is heading one.

I am subscribed to the Linux Today newsletter. The latest issue contains these two links:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...el_shape&num=1

http://blogs.computerworld.com/the_ubuntu_and_ati_blues

In essence, there are new problems with ATI and Intel video cards. When combined with another two recent news - Linux officially getting more than 1% of the desktop and Windows 7 RC available to download - it looks like a sign of a coordinated counter attack on desktop Linux.

It reminds me the first wave of Linux hype when Linux had been presented as the thing that works compared to Windows that BSOD. I recall I left a comment to a hype post saying "look, Windows 2000 works and that changes everything". No, I am not happy it actually changed everything.

Desktop Linux either has just 7 month left to succeed (before the next usable Window is out) or the window of opportunity is already closed.

I really do not know what should be done, but another recent news - Open Office 3.1 released - gave me an idea.

"Linux on a quest against stupidity" may be a nice slogan for a media campaign to raise Linux awareness and attract more converts.

One example of what I have in mind. Now, at version 3.1, Open Office looks better thanks to anti-aliased fonts. How come this is not implemented in the Java core so that all Java (maybe all Java Swing) apps look better?

Another one I hit last week. "java -version" fails without write access to the current directory. I cannot understand what should be written where in order to answer the application version.

Finally a note to those who do not believe in conspiracy theories. Ask yourself: if a 3 second main power outage happens when 2 pretty girls who lost their way are asking for directions at Reception and the janitor hired a week ago is working his hours, should I stick to the policy of throwing away three months old security cams recordings?
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