Is Linux a desktop operating system?

Tom Adelstein adelste at
Thu May 26 15:07:01 UTC 2005

On Thu, 2005-05-26 at 10:03 -0400, Ed Cogburn wrote:
> Tom Adelstein wrote:
> > The question seems to me to need restating. I would ask: "is Linux
> > Windows"?
> Bingo.
> That's why I consider these arguments virtually useless, because everyone
> outside the Linux camp defines an OS as "looks like Windows".  Linux ain't
> Windows, never was, never will, and if it does, I'll be one of the first at
> that point to desert it for one of the *BSDs or whatever.
> This is one of those situations where you will never win by argument, but
> Linux itself will win by example in time, regardless of the arguments, as
> long as we've got projects like Ubuntu working to make Linux "better" on
> the desktop for "ordinary" users.  Use whatever definition for those 2
> quoted words that you prefer, as I don't think any 2 people in these
> typical debates can even agree on the definitions!  :)

Ed, excellent points. Finally. 

My responses have been carefully thought out to attempt to prompt
discussion rather than an argument. "Linux ain't Windows, never was,
never will, and if it does..." I'll join you on your exodus.

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