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i don't no why, but i keep having dreams and wondering if linux will last... i sure hope so... because it is so fun to use. how long do you think linux will last and what do you think the future has in store for it?
Well, Microsoft is being split up, that's a plus hopefully unless that P#@$$Y president of ours does something since he likes big businesses, even though he failed at all of them he tried himself. Oh well, I won't start anything political here, this is a Linux site.
Okay, 30% of the web is running Linux, it had the largest gain this last year and they predict it will be even larger this year.
It's free, so it will always be around. Don't worry if it never goes mainstream, if you like it, and you know it, there will always be someone around still using it. Take a look at OS/2, there are still people using it.
Have you looked at the jobs lately, people who know Linux are getting paid very well, better than Windows developers at this time, don't tell me a lot of those programmers won't jump on more money per year doing basically the same thing.
And lastly, Microsoft is scared. If they are that scared, then you know Linux is powerful and they know it too. Why do you think they are trying to run to the government for help, they know they can't buy out Linux, cause no one actually owns it. They can't fight something that is in everyone's home's or so spread out among so many minds.
That is how I feel. Linux will last forever at least on my computers.
So what is going to take place of our OS's? There is always going to have to be something that controls our computers or whatver it is were working with, with the same concept of a computer. That is unless we become pure energy ourselves and no longer need anything electrical. Either that or the world no longer exists due to the sun exploding.
We're gonna control the computer's with our mind. ROFLMAO. Seriously, by the time that happens, computers may not be around. But I don't think that will happen in any of our lifetimes. At least, I hope not.
Linux will be around for a VERY long time just because it surpasses other OSes in all kinds of places. Even if it dosen't make it in the Computer world its beginning to weave its way nicely into the embedded world! Compaq's IPAQ runs linux nicely and I'm sure runs quite a bit faster than some of the other palm OSes. (I haven't tried this so dont quote me) but I am sure that it runs very stable and provides a lot more functionality and its much more user friendly!! Something is to be said about linux just in the fact that it has been done right from the very beginning and it shows!
There will always be an OS out there due to the nature of electronic devices.. If you are going to communicate to an electronic device with your brain something has to inturpret the signals and your brain does not work the same way the electronic devices do. The only way would be to make organic computers and that will take a lot many years.
An OS basically controlls hardware so that other things can run on it. It is a module sort of that you don't have to use when you program.
Linux is not user friendly and therefore as soon as someone make a GUI user friendly OS that runs MS software and Unix/Linux software, then Linux will only be a server system and most people not even know it ever existed. This is going to happen much sooner than you think. Just look at the explosion of OS projects around the world and some are moving much faster than Linux ever did in the beginning. But Linux has been the cause of all of this and it will be in the history books that your children or grand-children use. --this is my prediction--
What do you mean Linux isn't user friendly? Well its true on some functions I would guess. I think most people are so use to Windows, especially poeple who go out and spend two grand on a machine, they get ripped off and those are the type of people that know nothing and know only how to use basic stuff, get on the internet, email, pretty screensavers and etc. These are the people who make up most of the home desktop users, who went out and bought a machine preloaded with Windows and have no desire to learn something totally new on a computer. That is why Windows is the dominant OS at home and might always be until Linux makes some standards.
Well look at it this way, you can run MS software on Linux, but it takes knowledge to do so. Do you think mom and pops with their internet working and email working with only a few reboots a day will want to learn a new OS just because of that. I have friends of the family that have the whole family on a computer, sharing it using the internet and they been doing that for 2 or 3 years now, and that is still all they do. They have no need to learn Linux, cause what they have is working.
Until Linux is preloaded as a OS that people buy already configured, and all these company's keep sending out machines with Windows on them, Linux will be behind in that catagory of Home Desktop use. But not in the server market. Businesses have the resources to train and hire people to use another OS that is actually free. Instead of paying thousands for MS, they can just hire a few people or hundreds about the same price for MS Products to make Linux better.
Linux may not be very user friendly for the average user, but then again, neither is windoze. Constant reboots when you change a setting, losing drivers, losing tcp/ip. Oh yeah, that's user friendly(that's sarcasm, for those of you who didn't catch that). Windoze will always be the OS of choice for the average user. BTW, yogotie, that comment about controlling with the mind was sarcasm as well.
Actually, I thought our brain and nervous system worked on tiny electric pulses, so you would think that electronic devices would work the same. I forgot where I read it but there is a professor that was working on putting a computer chip in his brain. Doesn't seem were to far from it possibly.
Windows is user friendly in the sence that you do not need to have any fore knowledge or hardly any to set it up.
Linux on the other hand you must know something about partitions and other things as well or you will get lost terribly fast.
By the way I tried Mandrake 7 and I kept getting silly errors when I tried to select packages on the install and then it would kick me back to the partitioning section again. That was not good and definatly not user friendly.
The other thing is when you start windows the GUI starts automatically by default. No need to know about any command line stuff like startx -- :1, or the ctrl-Alt-Fx hot key commands, although I could not live with out them. A standard user does not want to have to know theses things. They just want to point and click that is all. Linux still requires you to know some command line.
As for the prof I think he is nuts he will most likly ruin his brain and it wont be worth it.
Yeah, but I still know some people who don't know where the start button is! But I thought that is what I said in my previous post that Windows is more user friendly.
But I garuantee that if you get someone who doesn't know Computers at all, you teach them first is Linux, they will learn it as if you would teach them in Windows. Some people use Windows for years and still don't know how to install programs correctly, so in my conclusion, User Friendly in my own words depends upon how smart or stupid the user is.
1) Windows is fine if you just want to run a computer the way microsoft says it should run. If you want the computer to run the way YOU want it to, there is only so much you can do in windows. With Linux, if you want it to do something, you just write the script. VIOLA!! It does what you want it to.
2) On the prof, I remember reading that article as well. His idea behind it is to get mentally handicapped people the ability to function in the real world. It would also help people who have Alzheimer's disease that are losing what mind they had. Makes sense to me.