Linux Workstation--Where are you???
Traenk wonders what happened to all those promises of Linux and Open-Source goodness eclipsing the Evil Empire...
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I'm confused. By my recollection, our world should have ended at least twice; and Linux was supposed to take over the computing world. Instead, Apple remains a teeny segment, Linux a teensier segment of workstations, and Windows continues to come pre-installed on most workstations.
What happened? Computers with pre-installed Linux seemed to drop like the leaves in autumn. Niche and Boutique Linux versions have dropped in number. And I feel cheated!
After all, hundreds of industry pundits promised me that Laptop prices would drop to a few hundred dollars because LINUX is FREE!
Instead, we all found out that the operating system is generally a low-cost component to many client systems. Going from $50-100 bucks to FREE may not drop the price much overall, but people buying computers do want to stay with tried and true solutions.
I like Linux. I really like my MacBook because it gives me a Bash shell. But I'm not typical of most users. They think "F1" is a joke about computer problems. Take that silliness to UNIX, and you need to explain that man pages are for women also. It's a contraction for 'manual pages'. True story about some people's hyper-sensitivity.
Linux workstations are sure to come. They've grown their middles as much as most other 'middle-aged' technologies. X-windows is a must. Thousands of running services take the place of manually applied administration. Install media use the Internet as a dodge for needing a lot of DVD's for a complete install. It is Windows with a different interface. Event loops are event loops, and a dialog box is a dialog box.
Do you think Linux workstations have a role in modern IT? Explain below. Let me know what distros you favor.