View Poll Results: Will GUN/Linux Ever Become A Mainstream OS?

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    Question Will Linux Ever Become Mainstream?

    Many people buy a new computer with Windows pre-installed on it, this is the way that Microsoft wants it to be, Windows on every machine (Apple Macs not included)

    Most "normal" computer users haven't even heard about Linux let alone use the OS, GNU/Linux is considered more of a "geek" thing and a "hard to use" system, which is incompatible with most of their hardware and software.

    The Open Source and Linux community have come leaps and bounds with their software (Ubuntu mainly) and compatibility but it still isn't mainstream.

    Do you think it will ever become a mainstream OS like MS Windows or (possibly Apple's Mac OS (X)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by calvin View Post
    Many people buy a new computer with Windows pre-installed on it
    That's the main problem users are afraid of installing a new OS so it will be really hard, Linux would need huge help from companies like dell, hp, etc.

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    I think it will, depending upon how you define "mainstream." Linux already has around 1% of the desktop market, depending upon whom you ask and how they count.

    Here's what StatCounter sees for October 2009:
    1. WinXP: 67.78
    2. WinVista: 23.6
    3. MacOSX: 4.68
    4. Win7: 2.02
    5. Linux: 0.68
    6. Win2000: 0.51
    7. Win2003: 0.34
    8. Playstation: 0.13
    9. Win98: 0.1
    10. unknown: 0.09
    11. WinME: 0.05
    12. Nintendo: 0.02


    Is MacOS "mainstream"? If so, do we have to multiply our numbers 6.88235294 to become "mainstream"? Or can we be "mainstream" at half those numbers?

    W3Counter Global Stats is far more kind to Linux:
    1. Windows XP: 60.06%
    2. Windows Vista: 22.39%
    3. Mac OS X: 7.30%
    4. Windows 7: 2.05%
    5. Linux: 1.84%
    6. Windows 2000: 0.73%
    7. Windows 2003: 0.63%
    8. iPhone OSX: 0.40%
    9. Windows 98: 0.12%
    10. SymbianOS: 0.07%


    According to these numbers, we only need to grow 3.9673913 times to match MacOS.

    I believe this will happen, because (economically speaking) Linux is a more efficient solution than Windows. Linux lets us all use our computers more economically than Windows.

    The fear factor is what is holding most people back right now. Linux has a reputation for being difficult to use. Slowly, people will realize that this just isn't true.
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    Keep in mind almost every server out there runs a linux flavor. Like CentOS.
    So its kinda even. Personally I would not use Linux for my desktop computer. I like to play video games, and use certain programs that wont run on linux. But on the other spectrum I would touch Windows with a 10 foot pole for a server OS. But anyways becuase of that, I am probably certainly not the only one who thinks that, so I dont think we'll see Linux being used en' mass by the average computer user.

    W3Counter Global Stats is far more kind to Linux:
    1. Windows XP: 60.06%
    2. Windows Vista: 22.39%
    Thats crazy that people are still using XP, I was under the impression that most have Vista now. But maby I'm not surprised. This is a picture of my Vista box. Its not exactly affordable... I think microsoft is nuts releasing Windows 7 so soon. I dont plan on buying any new os for least 3 or 4 more years.
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    I don't think so, most people are using windows and will remained as a windows user.

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    Eventually, I think it will. Even our government is encouraging and introducing Linux based systems in its offices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    The fear factor is what is holding most people back right now. Linux has a reputation for being difficult to use. Slowly, people will realize that this just isn't true.
    Until someone packages a Linux distro up in a very tidy fashion where the installation is basically completely automated and then automatically goes to the GUI (which really is the 'easy' side of Linux, it only gets complicated from there if you want to) at boot. It could be put on a CD that competes in price with Windows.

    Actually, all of those things have already been done in some distros The next problem is that Linux doesn't have the advertising and marketing power beihnd it that Microsoft does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectro View Post
    Until someone packages a Linux distro up in a very tidy fashion where the installation is basically completely automated and then automatically goes to the GUI (which really is the 'easy' side of Linux, it only gets complicated from there if you want to) at boot. It could be put on a CD that competes in price with Windows.

    Actually, all of those things have already been done in some distros The next problem is that Linux doesn't have the advertising and marketing power beihnd it that Microsoft does.

    Ubuntu has a graphical user interface. Its looks like windows.
    But you know what windows is? Windows is created for idiot-proof programs. Beucase lets face it, most computer users aren't geeks and are ignorant of what goes on behind the GUI. To them linux is not user friendly, they don't understand it.
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    Only if Linux will be as user friendly as Windows and most Windows programs will have a Linux version or will run by default on Linux, without complications. If nothing changes in few years we will talk only about Windows, Ubuntu and Mac OS and probably Chrome OS.
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    I don't think so either. I mean, Windows 7 has already passed up their market share. lol

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