I never claimed a "Year of the linux desktop". I'm realistic enough to understand that isn't going to happen. At least, not anytime in the forseeable future. Not as some great revelation. But the fact is, Linux *is* being used as a Desktop OS, quite successfully, by many people. Including a number of non-technical ones. My parents, for example, who wouldn't be able to tell you the difference between RAM and a CPU if their life depended on it. Everything they need to do - browsing the web, watching videos online or from dvds, email, etc, it does just fine for them.
And with regards to "The average user can't set WINE up or doesn't want to"... This is true. But properly set up
, WINE becomes nearly transparent. I can put a CD with windows software in it, install it, and run it, seamlessly. Provided it works under WINE at all, granted, but the list of "does" grows rapidly while the list of "does not" shrinks. The problem is, there are few distros that bother to preconfigure WINE.
Regarding system resources, sure, if you have a monster system, Windows might seem lightweight. But I can install Linux on seven year old laptop, and it still works fine. If you go for some of the specifically light-weight distros, Linux will work on some truly ancient hardware, by modern standards. And still provide you a modern, usable interface, with a modern web browser, media codecs, etc.
Note also that I didn't barge in here advocating Linux. I responded to the claim it was a "fucking joke". In my response, I admitted Linux had numerous problems yet, but that it was getting better and was currently usable for a segment of the population. I didn't come in here with the "Year of the Linux desktop!" bullshit.
Also, one specific reply:
It doesn't do everything Joe Smith wants. If it did, everyone would be using it.
"Everyone" is notoriously stupid. Or ignorant, depending on how generous you want to be. "Everyone" smokes cigarettes, despite proven health hazards. "Everyone" eats at McDonalds, despite the food being crap and terrible for you. "Everyone" downloads spyware-ridden apps that cripple their system a few months or years down the line. What "everyone" does is a poor judge of objective reality.This comment was edited on Aug 24, 2009, 07:49.