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Why desktop Linux is its own worst enemy

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With Microsoft getting so much flak over Vista’s issues, you’d think Linux would be getting some headway in the consumer desktop arena. Unfortunately, the only really benefiting from Vista’s bad PR is likely Apple.

Why hasn’t Linux made enough of a significant mark on desktops? It can be downloaded gratis, has far less security issues and has the zealous following of users willing to share code, discuss it and offer free tech advice on forums. Fact remains that Linux, at least on the desktop, is plagued by issues that make Apple the more popular choice.

1. Not working out of the box

Even Ubuntu can’t claim that for all machines. Linux might install and work on a few machines but there is no guarantee that it’ll work on every box without significant tweaks.

Even getting MP3s to play while using Linux can be problematic.

2. Too many distributions

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