When the phenomenon of the netbook first hit there is little doubt it was disruptive, it really shook the market place up. The majority of netbooks too advantage of a Linux based OS to keep the price as low as possible.
This was an amazing opportunity to really drastically change peoples OS habits, if they could be shown that Linux is actually just as useful as the OS they (at least technically) have to pay for, it could well influence their future OS decisions for their desktops and laptops. It also meant that manufacturers were forced to write linux drivers for their hardware, which can only be a good thing.
However, Microsoft were unlikely to take this lying down. I had hoped that if Linux could get enough momentum during those first months, then it would be unstoppable, but it seems that we have lost that battle. Februarys figures show that 96% of netbooks now ship with Windows on them.
This is a truly Epic Fai. I think we all need to take a good hard look at how and why such an opportunity was squandered, then in the unlikely event that we ever have another opportunity like this, then maybe, just maybe, the results could be different
I’d be interested in your thoughts on this, please leave me some feedback
For the whole time Ive been running Linux (circa Redhat 6) I have always used the Gnome desktop. The reason Im running it is no doubt because thats what came as default in Redhat at the time and has been the default on my OS ever since; as I now run Fedora.
Don’t get me wrong I have tried other desktops but I always seem to end up coming back to Gnome. However, lets face it, its not pretty. Infact it looks like something you could easily have been running 10 years ago. Sure compiz-fusion makes it a little nicer but the phrase about lipstick and pigs comes to mind.
So about a month ago I decided to give KDE a decent try and, to my utter surprise, I’m still using it as my default desktop a month later. You see once you have a nice looking desktop its hard to go back to Gnome. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think KDE is perfect but at least it looks like its from this decade.
Gnome recently spoke about their plans for Gnome 3.0. To be honest, while they are interesting and exciting, the main thing I want from Gnome is please can you make it look nice? I mean really nice.
I realise this is a little shallow even but if you look at products like Apple then you can see how important this stuff is. We spend hours in front of our computers these days, so lets make it as pleasant as possible eh? I’m not advocating form over function but we already have a very functional desktop, lets smarten it up before we try and start adding even more functionality, please?