Shouldn’t it? With Linux being very competitive with other operating systems in the areas of servers, routers, tablets and phones why do we not see Linux in the hands of consumers on more desktops? Windows and Apple are still the dominant desktop computers. Who better to answer this question than the person who started working on Linux in 1991 while a student at the University of Helsinki in Finland, Linus Torvalds. In this video Linus explains why Linux does not dominate the industry the way it does with servers. Q&A session with Linus Torvalds: Why is Linux not competitive on desktop?? * 3:24
It is because “most consumers do not want to install an operating system on their machine”. This is also true of cell phone and tablets. Currently it is still not common to find a Linux operating system pre-installed on computers.
Linus Torvalds: Why Linux Is Not Successful On Desktop
In this interview, Linus expands on the reasons that Linux is not as popular in today’s marketplace. What consumers want from computers is changing, many people are even leaving the traditional desktop because a simpler system where they might need a browser and a few tools is what they are looking for. The core desktop market is tough because there is so much variance with hardware and software packages that you have to be able to accommodate all of that complexity. People are also reticent to change something that they already know and depend on like an operating system.
Seems obvious now doesn’t it? Still, the situation is changing with distributions like Ubuntu be made available to consumers pre-installed even with the well known distributors like Asus, HP and Dell. This may help consumers decide to buy Linux. There are system builders out there who specialize in Linux desktops and laptops. There are hundreds of Linux distributions available, here is an interesting blog about what are probably the top ones for desktop use.
In the end, Linux is being used by consumers
Perhaps you have heard of Android? That is Linux based.. Then there is the Chromebook! Perhaps these could be topics for another day. Linux is being widely used and consumers are not directly aware of it. …and in the end, I guess I don’t blame people for not wanting to install their own desktops, or devices!
Every year we look forward to the E3 Expo which is the premiere event for entertainment and gaming enthusiasts. E3 has been around since 1995 and today it stands for “Electronic Entertainment Expo”, thus E3. If a multimedia tech company has anything of interest to promote to the world this is the place to do it. E3 will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center which is where it is usually held. Expect to see a whole lot of new games and hardware to match. I expect the new Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One to be fully present. Wii perhaps, we shall see.
If you have been observing the latest trends it is clear that consoles are not just for gaming anymore and have not been for some time. They are expanding as entertainment and communication centers.
With over 208 event Exhibitors presenting new wares, it should be exciting. There should be some Educational Technology developments to watch out for too. I’ll be checking on that…
One of these days I am going to go. Maybe… 😀
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:00PM – 6:00PM
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:00AM – 5:00PM
This is all good advice.. Step 4 is particularly helpful:
“Remove any sources of distraction. This means shutting off your cell phone, logging off your computer (unless you will need it for your homework), turning off the television and closing the door. Let your family know that you do not want to be disturbed while working so they can respect your privacy.”
Turning off all the electronics would be a tough one for a lot of people; myself included! My homework often involves the computer but that is another story. You can’t really think properly with all that noise, it’s true.
Go for a little walk first perhaps and then just walk up and hit the off button, you can do it!
I got a lot done this week, yet I am still behind. Hate to list exactly what at the moment. 😉 Keep plugging right?
About this place, I decided to forget about a color scheme and branding for a bit. I am talking about this website. Instead, focus on what is functional like the basic layout and content. So far, this has made it easier to make progress. Form usually does follow function. Now I feel more satisfied with what I am looking at.
Keep it simple sweetheart!
Also, I must remember the principles of design, which is of course C.R.A.P! It simply stands for contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity. I could expand on those but I have to work on this website! I can recommend a book which we read in “Web Design and Media Production” class. It outlines this now very popular idea of design “Non-Designers Design Book” by Robin Williams.
Robin is known to have first coined the acronym C.R.A.P.