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[opensuse] 'Goes along with those mad at Novell/SUSE and leave.
  • From: "Fred A. Miller" <fmiller@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2006 20:25:59 -0500
  • Message-id: <458F28A7.1080804@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Linux on the desktop has been a year or two away for over a decade now, and there are reasons it's not there yet. To attract nontechnical end-users, a Linux desktop must work out of the box, ideally preinstalled by the hardware vendor. Right now, Linux is usually an aftermarket upgrade on desktop and laptop systems. Default installations of Linux usually have poor multimedia support, are missing numerous codecs like QuickTime and WMV, and often lack even basic 3D acceleration. Linux can't even play DVDs without introducing the risk of lawsuits, and multimedia support files are usually hosted on non-US sites for legal reasons. Third party software support (from Quicken to World of Warcraft) is almost nonexistent.

You can't win the desktop if you don't even try. Right now, few in the Linux world are seriously trying. And time is running out.

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