Matt Asay writes that he now uses GNU/Linux on a desktop PC.. It’s about time. What kept him? Macs.
Oh well, better late than never. The year of GNU/Linux on the desktop has come and gone, he agrees, and we will go forward to much greater accomplishments.
Some of the comments to TFA are humourous. There are some who still feel Linux drivers are a problem. I have installed GNU/Linux on hundreds of PCs over the years and find drivers less of a problem with GNU/Linux than that other OS. In the past few weeks I have had XP machines reject HP Laserjet4 and USB mice, at least temporarily. I have not had that problem in years for GNU/Linux. I also run a single image for all of our PCs with GNU/Linux but I need a separate one for each type with that other OS or it takes forever and a lot of re-re-reboots to get an image to work. My users have no need for BASH, either unless I am teaching them the details of GNU/Linux. Few except the computer geeks doing Computer Science need that.
This story is an example of why I was uneasy with the naming of Matt Asay by Canonical. Why would one devoted to FLOSS find MacOS better in any way? Perhaps he was preferring non-x86 hardware previously… Nevertheless this is a step forward. Let us hope there are many more. I hope Matt’s new fondness for GNU/Linux extends to ARM and thin/virtual clients as well as x86.