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New Are you saying...
...that this is The Year Of Linux On The Desktop?


lotd doesn't solve any problems for anyone any more.

With Windows and OS X being effectively free, and lotd not having any "omg I must have that" features (other than the Free-ness, which The Drooling Hordes don't give a crap about), and it's not even particularly lightweight unless you run something like XFCE which ends up being evil to use.

Sure, it's good enough. But that's not the bar lotd needs to clear; it needs to be sufficiently better than Windows or OS X to make people switch, and the evidence of the past 20 years is that this has not been and is not the case.

BTW, there is no real evidence whatsoever (other than a metric shitload of clickbait speculation on the interwebs) that Windows is moving to a subscription-only model.
New Vice versa for me.
I've used lotd at work for more than a decade at work and at home. A lot of stuff I do at work (when I'm not being a PHB) I either couldn't do at all on Winders or would be extremely more complicated to do on Winders - and likely one metric crapload less stable. I haven't used Winders at home since since the late 1990's with the exception of running VMware to host a toy operating system (read: Windows) when I was making a living as an MCSD. Are there things that we use Windows for at work? Absolutely. You're not really going to get good support for SAP Business Objects on Linux and our purchased accounting system requires MS Sql Server, which, of course, you're not going to run on a non-Redmond OS. Then, too, there's our legacy applications, MS Exchange and BES (yes, we're still using those).

I've always been a fan of running whatever operating system fits best. Saying lotd doesn't have a place misses the mark. It depends on what you need to do.

I've never looked for an "omg I must have that" feature of an operating system. My operating system should run, reliably, be as secure as it can be without making me cut performance by a third so I can pay somebody else for add-on software to keep my mail client from sending kiddie porn all over the world and just plain stay out of the way so I can get some real work done with my machine. I don't use these things for fun.
New You're hardly one of the drooling masses.
You're drooling, yes; but as your message indicates, you're a member of a pretty small set of users.

Which is kind of the polar opposite of what I was talking about, but I think you knew that.
New I don't think there's much market for the PC itself among the drooling masses.
New Oh, there is
Cuz Apple don't play in the "under $600 laptop"* space (and yes, people still buy a lot of those) and even a not-shit Chromebook is that sort of money, too.

Whilst tablets are getting everywhere, there's still a metric fuckload of £300 laptops getting bought. The replacement cycle is slowing down, natch, but the numbers are still in the hundreds of millions.
Or the "under $600 anything space", really, Apple TV notwithstanding.
New ChromeBooks should be eating somebody's lunch.
I got a Toshiba ChromeBook 2 for $280. It's not fast, but its a very, very decent box.

It's $309 now.

My earlier comments on it are here.

Tablets are very limiting for anything other than "consuming content".

New My daughter's ChromeBook is a really nice piece of kit
Light, good battery life, fast, good battery life, decent screen, did I mention the battery?

Seriously, compared to any other lapper I've ever touched this thing runs just about forever. And between Google Docs and WordPress there's very little I actually need locally any more.

Expand Edited by drook June 1, 2015, 12:11:02 PM EDT
New sorry os X is at least $600 dollars
as I can buy a decent hp lapper for $289 new and the cheapest mac is $600 north of that.
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New Whev.
     Mandriva shutting down - (lincoln) - (18)
         Sad, but some Linux consolidation is good. -NT - (a6l6e6x)
         Linux desktop may get one more chance. - (Andrew Grygus) - (16)
             redhat already does that, hasn't slowed down their growth -NT - (boxley) - (6)
                 And RHEL, like Stella Artois, is reassuringly expensive, too. - (pwhysall) - (5)
                     Stella Artois, is not expensive - (boxley) - (4)
                         £4.80 a pint in London, yes it bloody is. - (pwhysall) - (3)
                             wow, draft here is $4 bottles $3.50 in bar 6 pack $8.99 at supermarket - (boxley) - (1)
                                 Can't argue with the methodology -NT - (pwhysall)
                             $8.41 cash price for a 4 pack of 14.9 oz cans here - (lincoln)
             Are you saying... - (pwhysall) - (8)
                 Vice versa for me. - (mmoffitt) - (5)
                     You're hardly one of the drooling masses. - (pwhysall) - (4)
                         I don't think there's much market for the PC itself among the drooling masses. -NT - (mmoffitt) - (3)
                             Oh, there is - (pwhysall) - (2)
                                 ChromeBooks should be eating somebody's lunch. - (Another Scott) - (1)
                                     My daughter's ChromeBook is a really nice piece of kit - (drook)
                 sorry os X is at least $600 dollars - (boxley) - (1)
                     Whev. -NT - (pwhysall)

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