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Old 14. Jul 2016, 10:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Some great comments under this article.

http://www.ocsmag.com/2016/07/13/lin...-road-to-hell/

I don't agree with all of it either, especially the statement about battery life. Anything a year old plus will have degraded performance compared with when the battery it contains was new.

I also wish reviewers would stop concentrating on the failings of features 95% of users won't ever need or use.

I totally agree that too much Linux code is being pushed out too soon but Comodo and others have got away with that for years. It really doesn't matter if the reason is blind adherence to a published release cycle or just a belief folks must have something new every 6 months but the fact is an everyday Joe or Joanna can randomly sample just 5 distros and quickly find something reliable to suit their needs.

Also worth noting is my own experience albeit based on not a very large user base. When I first started pushing Linux as a replacement system in the days of XP through Windows 7, the regression rate back to Windows was greater than 50%. Since Windows 8 however, and including Windows 10, the regression rate is less than 5%.
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Old 14. Jul 2016, 07:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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From a Windows point of view, Linux distros are doing some enormous progress over the last 5 years.
Even if mostly based on Ubuntu (a failure imo for obstinately forcing Unity), Linux Mint has proven to be a shining star.
On the other hand, new distros like ChaletOS (based on Ubuntu) that have gone from position 150 to 68 on Distrowatch in less than 2 months prove that some innovations are still happening and quite pleasing.
So, what about battery life?
Other than a cell phone, who spends his/her time running a laptop/desktop on a battery all the time? Is it possible that people have batteries on laptops that last only 2.5 hours?
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Also worth noting is my own experience albeit based on not a very large user base. When I first started pushing Linux as a replacement system in the days of XP through Windows 7, the regression rate back to Windows was greater than 50%. Since Windows 8 however, and including Windows 10, the regression rate is less than 5%.
Users are far less likely to get stuck unable to run a needed Windows desktop application or unable to maintain file compatibility. A lot of this is due to some excellent open source and Linux improvements combined with important trends like the rise of web and mobile apps - even Microsoft has jumped into this.
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Old 15. Jul 2016, 10:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sourced from Wikipedia about Linux, below are three key points:

1. Because of the dominance of Android on smartphones, Linux has the largest installed base of all general-purpose operating systems.

2. Linux, in its original form, is also the leading operating system on servers and other big iron systems.

3. Linux is used on only around 1.6% of desktop computers when not including Chrome OS.

On item 3 above, we can expect Linux to be used more on laptop computers when we include Chrome OS which, like Android, is based on the Linux kernel and consider that Chrome OS will be able to run Android apps natively in the next release.

Windows is still the third horse in the race of mobile apps at the moment.
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For sure if Linux follows the steps of Ubuntu 16.04 then Linux will fail hard,if nothing changes soon then is bound to fail,why mess up a good thing as Ubuntu 14.04,i don't understand.
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