While the world sees Wintel decaying more or less globally and in every segment of IT, this twit opines that GNU/Linux on the desktop is as good as dead with M$’s next release.“While the consumer hatred of Windows 8 seemed like an opportunity for Linux to grow, sadly, it did not happen. Even sadder? Windows 10 closes the door entirely. The year of the Linux desktop will never happen. Rest in peace.” He just does not understand the Wintel monopoly.
- Wintel has always sold “vapourware”, promising far more than it ever delivered. Remember, Vista, “7” and “8” were all billed as the greatest things since sliced bread. “7” only succeeded because it was Vista-debugged. “8” only succeeded where it was all consumers could find on retail shelves and they didn’t buy it.
- M$ is giving away licences for “10”. That’s the best they can do in a free market. It won’t be good enough. M$ will actually have to pay people to ship and to sell Wintel. That’s not a long term business plan. That’s an emergency measure.
- M$’s stuff is still plagued by malware designed to penetrate the many chinks in its armour. Consumers and businesses are fed up with that.
- GNU/Linux systems typically update all software with a single command, unlike that other OS which requires something different for the OS and each non-FREE application. Consumers are fed up with that. That’s why they hate the pain of buying a new PC just to get M$’s latest and greatest restricted OS.
- Wintel slows down to unusability. Everyone is fed up with that. They want to use hardware as long as it runs. They can do that with GNU/Linux.
So, the value of M$’s OS is negative in many minds and it will take more than $0 pricing to change that. GNU/Linux is a fresh start and many millions of users are loving it globally. Growth of GNU/Linux is rapid and accelerating. That’s not dead. That’s life. That’s growth.
There was a time when government, education and business neglected GNU/Linux. Those days are over. Check out India. GNU/Linux has a big heartbeat. That’s weekday usage in government, schools and yes, business… Note the prominent slope.
So, to TFA and its authour, HAHAHAHA! ROFL! GASP! ROFL! Declaring GNU/Linux dead when it’s growing like Topsy is just funny.