[TUHS] MacOS X is Unix (tm)

David david at kdbarto.org
Wed Jan 4 00:11:18 AEST 2017

My complaint about Linux here is not that it isn’t useful or isn’t a development workstation for some people, it is more that it won’t be a desktop for your mother/father/brother-in-law any time soon.

The fragmentation of Linux is what is holding it back. If I purchase a Mac or Windows box I know what I’m getting and I know that millions of others have the same thing. If I want support there are store fronts for both that I can walk into and get expert help without much hassle. No such thing exists for Linux and I don’t think it is going to happen this year. As in: this is not the year that Linux takes over the desktop. I don’t think it will happen next year either. :-)


> On Jan 1, 2017, at 12:12 PM, Tim Bradshaw <tfb at tfeb.org> wrote:
> Well: where I work the default desktop is RHEL as far as I know (there are management and admin people who have Windows desktops I think, and laptops are Windows).  This is a scientific environment however: if there were not desktop linux systems they'd need an even bigger farm of headless machines (probably VMs) so there was cultural compatibility with the HPC.  And of course mail is Outlook/Citrix so they cheat there.
> I think the answer is that it works if you remember that you are not deploying 'Linux' but RHEL or Ubuntu (or MacOS!) or whatever.  Scale also helps.
> --tim
>> On 1 Jan 2017, at 19:33, David <david at kdbarto.org> wrote:
>> Linux is to diversified at this point to make it to the desktop any time soon.

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