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SCALE: When Everyone Wins

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On the second day of SCALE yesterday, the first keynote was delivered by Dan Kegel of Google. The presentation was entitled "Why Won't Johnny Run Linux?" and preceded to list all of the various areas that need improvement, in Kegel's opinion, in the Linux operating system. There was nothing on Kegel's list we haven't heard before: lack of commercial applications, lack of consistency with libraries and packaging, Microsoft application integration problems, and the usual assortment of hardware and software compatibility issues.

Now I was pretty sure at the time that Kegel was going to list all of these concerns and then move into some form of solution set. You know the kind that I mean: "here's how we can change the future." It's a bit trite, but it's a worthy play. Heck, I've written columns with that methodology myself.

Instead, that was it. No solutions, not even a rally for the future. It was to say the least, a bit disappointing. So when the Q&A started, the audience let fly with counterpoints on why Kegel was a being pessimistic.

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In related news:

A software engineer at Google is urging the open source community to develop more applications for desktops and laptops, because he says the workforce is increasingly on the move.

In a keynote address at the Fourth Annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE 4x) in Los Angeles, Google's Dan Kegel outlined some challenges for greater adoption of Linux.

"One in three companies use open source applications on the desktop but market share remains tiny," he said at the event Sunday. "General market share for desktop and laptops that run Linux in the United States is between 1 percent and 2 percent."

Laptops pose new challenges, Kegel said during the keynote.

Call issued for more mobile Linux apps.

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