All The Problems That Linux on The Desktop Will Have to Solve in 2016
All The Problems That Linux on The Desktop Will Have to Solve in 2016

InShortViral: There would be to do a large number of assumptions when it comes to Linux, even more, when we speak about ill of Linux.

There would be to do a large number of assumptions when it comes to Linux, even more, when we speak about ill of Linux. The one that I want to make is that this writer is a Linux user for the past working more than 10 years (with just a couple of years off) and then in approving what will be following in the article, which largely is the opinion of another blogger, it does so with the knowledge of the facts that he had really addressed those issues.

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The European developer Artem S. Tashkinov reported in a long post all the reasons why he believes Linux is not ready for the desktop (and perhaps never will be?). The problems are many and tangible. Among these we are:

All The Problems That Linux on The Desktop Will Have to Solve in 2016

  • Many bugs and even regression (also in the kernel)
  • Problems with hardware: the frequent updates of components like kernel or make it difficult for companies offering Linux support to keep up and not find the convenience of allocating additional resources to do so
  • Lack of a standard and a consistent view among the many distributions available
  • Lack of cooperation between developers worldwide open source and many “civil wars”
  • Too many updates: in this house it comes to even semi-annual updates of the entire system that some distributions have adopted, making it difficult for users to keep up. Each update may “break” anything and remain in a stable version (LTS) could however not guarantee support for new hardware
  • API / ABI unstable
  • Software problems: intended as the absence of some basic software and the lack of compatibility with other software platforms.
  • Lack of money, motivation and responsibility

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These points are printed in much more depth by the author’s blog and here are only briefly reported. It is difficult for anyone who has used Linux on the desktop (in the opposite meaning to the server and not intended as desktop PCs) have never run into any of these problems. In response early to all those who would answer “but Linux has always worked well, all lies” the author has prepared a defense wall with some practical examples where we crashed at least once.

  • No support for hardware graphics acceleration by Flash, Firefox or Chrome.
  • No native support systems NVIDIA Optimus technology and dynamic ATI GPU, now standard in the world of laptops.
  • Some bugs using the keyboard (there’s one for the keyboard shortcuts older than 10 years).
  • The absence of many of the games most famous.
  • There is an easy way to install third-party software not included in the repositories of their distro.
  • Poor compatibility with documents created with Microsoft Office.
  • The absence of many basic app ecosystems Windows / OS X.
  • There is a good alternative to Windows Network File Sharing.
  • Still too many drivers / software require a configuration from a text file.
  • Inability to use / configure a large number of electronic gadgets with your PC.

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Of course, these points are not listed rules which always become true and one could argue that there are solutions to many of these problems, but the reality is that none of these solutions may be fine for a user that the computer you want to use only for its need.

At the end of the article, he wants more than anything to give an objective view of what is the current situation of Linux on the desktop and do not criticize the party for precise, there are also a number of positive notes that, in my opinion, help to have a more complete picture, but they can not compensate fully what was said so far.

Personally, as I said, I agree with much of what was said in the long post above with the developer, are the first to use Linux on the desktop, but to have stopped recommending it to friends and family by now some years ago, he defeated unable to solve some the problems listed above or otherwise unavailable to follow the computers of friends and relatives, as it could even think of doing for mine.