The Power of Community on the Linux Desktop
Linux has been striving to be a capable desktop operating system for a long time now. I have been following the development of the Linux desktop since 1998. Back in those days, we Linux enthusiasts would dream of things like a web browser that didn't suck and fonts that didn't make your eyes bleed. We would lay awake at night thinking how great it would be if copy and paste worked like it did on Windows. For the longest time, the aim of desktop penguin heads was to produce a capable graphical interface that could replace the popular environments in the closed source world (Windows, MacOS, etc). Well, GNOME and KDE have taken care of that. Times have changed, and now my dad uses Linux on his desktop to do his banking and read his email peacefully, undisturbed by malware and viruses. Now, as 2005 is starting to get underway, I see some trends that are very exciting; ideas and concepts that may just see Linux become the most powerful desktop operating system in the world.
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(Submitted by Rusty Wed Feb 16, 2005 )
| ||My reason for optimism comes after spending some time with two of the latest and greatest in Linux desktop distributions, Ubuntu Linux 4.10 and Fedora Core 3. These two operating systems are developing an idea that has the greatest potential of catapulting Linux into mainstream usage on the desktop. That idea is community. Not the buzz word you read about on open source websites, but a vibrant ecosystem where people are contributing time, effort, and money towards a common goal, namely the advancement of Linux on the desktop. A community where people are helping each other derive maximum benefit from using their computers. A place to obtain software, create software, and learn about software. A resource that can be used by anyone, even computer novices, to get more out of their computer. These two distributions are each developing a vibrant community of users, developers, and packagers, that provide unparalleled depth to their platform.
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