Is Linux a desktop operating system?

Tom Adelstein adelste at
Sat May 28 19:31:12 UTC 2005

On Sat, 2005-05-28 at 20:45 +0200, Erik Bågfors 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.
> Well, how much are you acting? :)

You're joking - right? 

> > 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.
> There are alot more games for Linux than I thought. I just assumed
> that none (or.. close to none) existed. Then I found out a whole bunch
> of games are ported to Linux.
> What I think we should do, is all of us, go out and buy a few good
> Linux games.  I'm planning to do just that myself, and I have done it
> before.  Not that I play alot, but because I want to support porting
> games (and other apps) to Linux.

Good idea. Also, consider a contribution to the Free Software Foundation
and Ubuntu.

> Think about it, what if half of all the people on this list would go
> out this week and order never winter night for example.  It wouldn't
> cost you much but it would send a good message to the porting people.
> Next question, what do you use for learning languages?

Almost everything I use comes from the Internet. Many tutorials exist on
web sites depending on your area of interest. Also, I've downloaded
Win32 programs and generally they run in Crossover office. I've also
purchased bargain CD ROMs and had luck with those.

> > Of course, you can wait until the products get ported or write and ask
> > software companies if they will port their products to Linux.
> I think that better than wait or ask, but buy what's available now!!!

> Don't get me wrong, I love opensource and the fact that most
> everything in Linux is free, such as ubuntu for example. But I also
> think that games for example, do not really work as oss.  We need to
> support what's here now to make them understand that it's a good thing
> porting to linux.

Games can work as open source. I think a subscription model makes sense.

> /Erik

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