Is Linux a desktop operating system?

Tom Adelstein adelste at
Sat May 28 17:26:30 UTC 2005

On Sat, 2005-05-28 at 18:08 +0100, Norman Silverstone wrote:
> > Norman, albi makes very good points. I'm glad he said it instead of me. 
> > 
> > At some point, people have to take a stand for goodness. Microsoft
> > persists because good men refuse to act. Linus calls it inertia. Others
> > have used more biting commentary.
> I have said before and I will say it again. I firmly believe if it
> hadn't been for Microsoft's commercial ventures with systems from DOS to
> Windows and the resulting popularity of the PC then there would have
> been very little incentive for the development of RAM and the hardware
> we all take for granted. I have used computers from Sinclair ZX81 via
> various commercial models to my own home built machine and I have
> practical experience of the way hardware prices have changed. If you
> want a debate on the subject I will happily comply but I do not think
> that this is place for it.

Norman, I really get your point. I absolutely do. 

Another school of thought does exist that we might want to consider.
It's possible that Microsoft was just in the right place at the time of
the uptake in Internet adoption and benefited from that.

That may not be accurate or true - but maybe and I'm just spitballing
here, they are not the catalyst you consider them to be. Maybe, they're
the reason 50% of the programmers in the US are unemployed instead and a
strong argument exists for that.

Now - this is completely off topic and we need to end this thread or
head to another forum to discuss Microsoft.

This forum, as others have informed me, exists for answering questions
for users who need help.

> > 
> > Popular music isn't popular for long and I can't sympathize with
> > "games". People have provided an abundance of educational software for
> > Linux. I'm even studying languages on Linux. You can use a Mac for
> > educational software. 
> I don't want to buy another machine why should I? I am encouraged by
> your comments about educational software please give me some references
> and I will try them on Ubuntu and will report back here on my findings.
> > Of course, you can wait until the products get ported or write and ask
> > software companies if they will port their products to Linux.
> Thank you.
> Norman

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