[TriLUG] Best Linux Desktop and Desktop Apps?
craigduncan at nc.rr.com
Sun Mar 12 22:56:24 EST 2006
Tanner Lovelace wrote:
> On 3/12/06, Cristobal Palmer <cristobalpalmer at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Mandriva has been in "Desktop Linux business" since it was created.
>>> Ubuntu just started.
>> Before putting my two cents in, I have to respond to that.
>> (1) In terms of desktop platforms, _Linux_ "just started." I don't
>> think Mandriva really has a time or or experience advantage, given
>> Ubuntu's strong Debian connection. What matters is the team and the
>> community behind a distribution. I'm sure there are many good reasons
>> to use Mandriva, but the fact that it has been around longer isn't one
>> of them. Want to make that argument? Look at Slackware.
> I must strongly disagree. People have been prediciting
> "the year of desktop linux" for at least 5-7 years now but the
> truth is that "desktop linux" has been here for that long and
> a big reason for that has been Mandrake. Mandrake made
> it their goal to put together an excellent "desktop" linux distribution
> when Red Hat was officially saying they weren't going to target
> the desktop. If it wasn't for Mandrake's efforts (and others
> too, before I get people protesting :-), there might not be
> any "desktop linux" or at the very least it wouldn't be at the level
> it is today.
> Tanner Lovelace
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I love this thread! The very nature of which establishes that the Linux
Desktop has been around for a while and is a great tool, irrespective of
your distribution :-) Me, I am a happy Gentoo/KDE laptop/desktop user.
By comparison, I think OS X is slow, inflexible and cumbersome, and M$
is exactly what it has always been.
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