Is Linux a desktop operating system?

dekoi ulist at
Fri May 27 18:58:37 UTC 2005

The fact that the broadcasting industry has yet to find people with the
knowhow and motivation to develop open source software that'd be more
configurable for "heavy duty" audio and text editing is hardly the
shortcoming of the 'nix community at large, nor does that fact
disqualify Linux as a viable desktop environment.

Look at Hollywood. The demand for "heavy duty" visualization and
special effects led to the development of the CinePaint project
(formerly FilmGimp). It's now the industry's standard. Movie studios
could never get that kind of versatility from proprietary software.

Unlike Windows, the object of Linux isn't total domination of the
computer market; it's about choice, and freedom. Combined, that means
development, not necc. replacement. Intuit, it also means that when
Bill Gates pulls support for 2K & XP (and he will), the broadcasting
industry will have to find a new option, and I suspect Dalet will have
another proprietary solution for you... just in the nick of time.  ;-)

It's as unfortunate as it is ironic, that HP's moniker is, "invent,"
when all the inventing is going on in Linux; "license" would have been
a more appropos choice for the ppl. @ HP.

The great thing about Linux is it *can* be anything you need it to be:
desktop os, server, Hollywood special effects platform, and I'd be
surprised if it never ventures into broadcasting, but that's up to the
people in the industry, not the people trying to develop a stable,
functional OS for everyone.

When you point a finger at Linux, you're still pointing three fingers
back at yourself.


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