Is Linux a desktop operating system?

Isak Holmström isak at
Tue May 24 08:02:33 UTC 2005

On Mon, 2005-05-23 at 17:39 -0500, Greg Donald wrote:
> On 5/23/05, Tony Arnold <tony.arnold at> wrote:
> > Comments anyone?
> I use several different operating systems at home.  My
> firewall/nat/router is a P133 FreeBSD box with 64MBs of ram.  I have
> two Gentoo boxes that are basically samba file servers and other
> various network services, DNS, squid, qmail, etc.  And then I got two
> other boxes that are dual-boot Gentoo/Windows.  I think I still have
> Ubuntu installed in a VMWare somewhere on my main Windows box.
> On my Linux boxes I use KDE.  Gnome seems kinda primitive to me
> personally.  I used to use Blackbox but then I realized I was still
> using mostly KDE apps inside it so I went back.  Windowmaker is cool
> too, all the little doc apps and all.
> I don't prefer a Linux desktop yet, but not cause it's not 'ready'
> yet.  It's cause my kid and I are big-time gamers and WoW doesn't run
> too well on Linux.  I had it installed in Wine once but then an update
> came around and broke it.  Doesn't seem worth the effort to mess with
> it much at this point.

I run Ubuntu Hoary and WoW together and it works perfectly. I am using
Cedega. It's great!


> At my current job I use Windows cause we have a domain and the company
> does a lot of .NET programming, but being a PHP/Perl guy I mostly work
> in vim over ssh on remote client servers.  Doesn't matter much to me,
> I can work in whatever you got.  Funny thing, my last gig I came in
> the first day and they asked me if I wanted Woody or Sarge installed
> on my workstation.  They had a Debian only policy as it turned out. 
> No FTP'ng anywhere, SSH only.  I had to SSH to a company web server so
> I could SSH to my house to fire up lynx to read Slashdot.  Fun.
> I like pie too.
> -- 
> Greg Donald
> Zend Certified Engineer

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