Desktop Linux: it ain't a better Windows

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One debate which the FOSS community will never give up on is the one about GNU/Linux on the desktop. No matter that the two big companies which were once interested in putting GNU/Linux on the desktop have now officially given up.

Practically every year since the early 2000s, we've had articles about it being the year of the GNU/Linux desktop. One doesn't really mind these, given that journalists often regurgitate the same arguments on an annual basis, no matter what the subject.

But when it comes to intellectual dishonesty about the debate, when it comes to being a scramble for traffic without facts, then one does need to take issue. If only because nobody will dare to do so - some debates are considered too big to cross.

A couple of days back, the American technology news accumulation site, Slashdot, linked to a site on which someone had listed his reasons why Linux is not ready for the desktop. Of course, the man is free to list anything he wants - but when that information is disseminated as something else, we get into troubled waters.

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