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Desktop Linux - A Passionate Analysis

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Having read numerous articles about the current Desktop War that is going on; as GNU/Linux enthusiasts, developers and administrators writing mega bytes of articles, blogs and reports on amazing capabilities and caliber of GNU/Linux in Desktop and justify their theories and predictions on it's future, I decided to write my own Blog about what I like in Desktops and my reasons to believe that GNU/Linux satisfies those reasons fairly well though improvements are always there.

Years back, when GNU/Linux started becoming a mainstream, the main goal was to provide a robust operating system with tight security right out of the box and thus roaming much of its early years with a geek look and feel to it; however, over the years, realizing it’s not an easy task to capture the OS market unless the home user starts recognizing it, GNU/Linux developers and contributors started investing their time, thought and money in making GNU/Linux a full-featured general user desktop.

The past two years saw major change in the way GNU/Linux distributions evolved. It became flashier, challenging the other operating systems with technologies implemented in the best possible ways and far, richer hardware support out of the box and thus making a mockery of the proprietary operating systems like Windows and Macintosh.

Part 1: Introduction

Part II: Usability




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