Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Preaching the virtues of Linux

Filed under
Interviews

Peter van der Linden is on a crusade to educate the masses about the virtues of open source. His message can be persuasive -- the Linux evangelist boasts that he even coaxed his 80-year-old father away from a lifelong relationship with Windows.

An engineering manager at PalmSource Inc., the maker of the handheld operating system Palm OS, van der Linden has attracted the attention of the Linux world by publishing several books on open system software. His latest, Peter van der Linden's Guide to Linux, helps Windows users make the move to Linux.

At the Linux Desktop Summit in San Diego, van der Linden spoke with SearchOpenSource.com's MiMi Yeh about why applications are key to bridging the consumer gap and how Freespire, a new Linux distribution, will attract users to Linux.

What Linux desktop adoption trends do you see now?

Peter van der Linden: I think we're in a growth phase. People have been saying 'this year is the year of the desktop' since 2000, at least. There have obviously been tremendous barriers to that.

I'm really encouraged by Linspire opening up a free version of their product [Freespire]. I think that it's one of the most capable desktop distros out there -- if not the most capable. It's going to make it possible for Linux advocates to put a free copy on their grandmother's PC and have it be usable.

I think the applications have to keep coming. Support for hardware has to keep coming. Wireless is still a problem. I have yet to see a reliable USB Wi-Fi connector in Linux or in any distro.

What are some immediate barriers you see preventing the average business worker from using the Linux desktop?

Full Interview.

More in Tux Machines

Snappy Open House Is Your Chance to Get Familiar with Ubuntu Snappy

Nicholas Skaggs had the great pleasure of announcing a couple of days ago yet another innovation from Canonical, Snappy Open House, a new way for Ubuntu developers, contributors, and members of the community to get familiar with the Snappy technology created by Canonical for its Ubuntu Linux operating system. Read more Also: First Ubuntu Snappy Open House Announced, UbuCon Germany Planning Continues

Linux 4.2 Bringing Support For ARCv2, HS38 CPU Cores

The ARC architecture updates for the Linux 4.2 kernel have landed. With the ARC architecture updates in Linux 4.2 comes support for HS38 cores, which in turn are based on the Synopsys next-gen ISA known as ARCv2. The ARCv2 ISA is faster and more feature-rich than their original instruction set architecture. The HS38 cores have a 10-stage pipeline core with MMU support, SMP up to four cores, and other new features. The HS38 processor is still 32-bit and is "optimized for high-performance embedded applications running Linux." Read more Also: Radeon & AMDGPU DRM Fixes Queue Up For Linux 4.2

Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 Will Bring a New Thumbnailer in Unity 8, Support for Refunds

Canonical's Alejandro J. Cura had the great pleasure of reporting a few hours ago that the upcoming OTA-5 update for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system will get some attractive new features in the Unity 8 user interface. Read more

The July 2015 issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine

With the exception of a brief period in 2009, The PCLinuxOS Magazine has been published on a monthly basis since September, 2006. The PCLinuxOS Magazine is a product of the PCLinuxOS community, published by volunteers from the community. The magazine is lead by Paul Arnote, Chief Editor, and Assistant Editor Meemaw. The PCLinuxOS Magazine is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license, and some rights are reserved. Read more