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  1. My year of the Linux desktop was 2005. My year of the FreeBSD desktop was 2002, but I had a laptop that wouldn't play nice with FreeBSD 5, and my wife had just come home from playing Frozen Bubble at a friend's house and asked if I could put Ubuntu Hoary on her laptop ...

    The actual Year of the Linux Desktop for everyone? 2007. That was when the Eee 701 came out and gave Microsoft sufficient competition to wreck its bottom line since.

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  2. Will

    To be fair, Steve Jobs has criticized flash on OSX as well--note that the iphone/ipad have chosen not to support it. The fact is, Flash isn't that great to begin with, and then Adobe only really cares about its Windows implementation. Widespread HTML 5 use can't come soon enough.

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    • Linerd

      I've always figured that Apple didn't allow Flash onto the iPhone for security reasons. Flash tends to be a popular (and vulnerable) attack vector for malware.

      I too am looking forward to HTML 5. If only we could get agreement on a video format. I'd love to see Ogg Theora win out, but I fear we are going to see another great format war drag on like we saw with BlueRay and HD DVD. Unfortunately, we'll probably see h.264 emerge as the de-facto standard with Google backing it on YouTube.

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  3. brad

    Everyones "year of the linux desktop" will be different.. its the year you let go of the training wheels of windows and took your chances and learned as you went along to get used to doing what needed to be done, but with linux instead of windows.. that year was 2006 for me.. using pclinuxos, it "just worked" then when i got a 64bit machine it was mint 64, then ubuntu 64, then mint 64.. all basically based on the same ubuntu.. then i grew up, and grew out , and went slackware 64(was happy with the speed, but to me it took "work" to make it work), then after many trials and screwups and formats, I learned the ins and outs of Arch linux and that was 6 months ago, and now i'm never looking back.. linux's biggest strength is "choice" but it's also it's even BIGGER weakness... too many choices, to many distros, to many options (for a newbie) too many EGOS, in IRC rooms, on forums and in the philosophies of some distros..that scare the hell out of new users and keep them using windows.. until the developers and communities of some of the top 20 distros, can keep their "RTFM" "you aint ready for the bigtime" "go back to ubuntu" "go back to windoze", "just turn off your computer and take it back" blah blah blah, attitudes, and generalizations to themselves it will NEVER be the YEAR of the linux desktop.. itll be the hour , day, week, month, but NEVER the year.. lets NOT have more choices for the same things in the coming year, but less EXTENSIVE , but better choices in the coming year, and lets not scare away new users, cause we WERE ALL THERE ONCE.. that's my .02, now i'm broke!!!

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    • Linerd

      I haven't given Slackware a try yet. I does sound like a good deal of work. I've only dabbled a bit into Arch, but I haven't taken the leap.

      Regarding the issues around the Linux community, Ubuntu does tend to be one of the more welcoming to new users. The Ubuntu forums tend to be fairly patient with new users and I think that's one of the main reasons Ubuntu has become so popular. There is a lot of great information on the Gentoo wiki as well. The info tends to be pretty thorough. I haven't been involved in the Gentoo community though to speak to the attitudes there.

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  4. Tommy599

    For me, the year of the Linux Desktop (and Laptop) was 2009. I was getting fed up with the sluggishness of my XP SP3 running on an Intel Celeron 2.66 with 1GB RAM. It's a decent machine and things should run more smoothly on it. Ofcourse it would run faster without antivirus, firewall and antispyware. But then I would be more exposed.

    So I installed Ubuntu 9.04 on it as dual-boot and rarely looked back. It runs faster, although flash is still an issue on the Desktop.

    Now I have Ubuntu 9.10 on my desktop and laptop, and the only thing I use Windows for is .net and mssql-server related homework and stuff.

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    • Linerd

      Good to hear you made the switch. Flash is certainly a CPU pig on Linux, but it's better than nothing. Gnash and swfdec are getting better, but still have trouble. I'm guessing your Desktop is 64 bit since you mention the Flash issues specific to it. Adobe has released an alpha version of Flash player for 64 bit Linux. I don't have a 64 bit machine, so I can't comment on its quality. It's time to build a new computer.

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