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The Mythical Desktop Percentage Point

Posted 01-19-2009 at 02:37 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

My apologies to Fred Brooks for creating this blog entry title in the likeness of his work "The Mythical Man-Month". Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery =)

It appears to me there is a growing concern among newer users in the Linux community over "desktop penetration rates" and "adoption rates". "If we don't get past 5% desktop usage, Linux will never go anywhere!" they say.

Now, I've only heard one argument for increasing...
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Why Desktop Linux is nowhere, part 3

Posted 01-19-2009 at 01:42 PM by AGer (Void cries or bashing time)
Updated 01-27-2009 at 05:29 AM by AGer

In Part 2 I cried over software support in Linux. Now it is time to bash Linux soft skills.

Linux is nowhere communicating. The media presents it like Windows, only free and better. People start to feel themselves paying customers to Linux Inc. and get frustrated immediately.

Even worse, vendors start to think the same. I do not recall what exactly I was installing, but it was funny. A "run" file did it best to install itself and failed with some complaints....
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Why Desktop Linux is nowhere, part 2

Posted 01-19-2009 at 01:32 PM by AGer (Void cries or bashing time)

In Part 1 I was frustrated by the low adoption of Linux. I have the pleasure to recall some (just selected few from very, very many) reasons for that.

Desktop Linux is nearly nowhere in terms of hardware support. For the vendor side, this is natural due to low adoption. Hardware vendors do like Linux since they understand that money saved on OS and software can be spent on hardware, but supporting Linux is not a competitive advantage and nonsupporting it is not a shame.
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ClipGrab - Download videos from online video sharing websites

Posted 01-19-2009 at 01:26 PM by rbkumaran

ClipGrab is a free GUI Video downloader from the famous online video sharing websites like youtube, veoh, Dailymotion, MyVideo and many other. ClipGrab is very simple (basically just one window to work on). Clipgrab downloads the file and saves it by default to FLV (Flash Video) however can convert the downloaded video on the fly to Windows Video (WMV), MPEG4, MP3 (Audio), OGG Vorbis (Audio).
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Why Linux is nowhere, part 1

Posted 01-19-2009 at 01:25 PM by AGer (Void cries or bashing time)

Originally Posted by jlinkels View Post
This thread is drifting pretty much away... but there I go: What do you mean with this statement? Nowhere in terms of vendor lock-in, licencing, stupid pop-ups, or nowhere in terms of what a decent desktop should offer the user?
This is the question I got and, in order to keep the original thread on track, I opt to answer it here.

Desktop Linux is nowhere in terms of the adoption rate. Just look at the w3schools statistics. Depending on how you look at it, Linux will either...
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