Google it. -- harking back to older article by same author on the same topic.
"We're so busy seeking release from Windows that we overlooked all the ways Linux had already freed us"
"A debate is smoldering yet again in the Linux community as prominent figures debate whether it's time to give up hope on the "year of the Linux desktop" ever coming or whether the advent of Android is actually its fulfillment. Problem is, it came and it's been here a while, but we haven't even noticed. We just didn't know what it would look like.
"I realize that statement flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Last year, Miguel de Icaza's controversial post "What killed the Linux desktop" famously claimed that the opportunity for a Linux-based desktop to dominate the market has passed and is now an unachievable dream. He pointed to what he sees as a series of problems within the culture of Linux development."
"Chromebook to the rescue
"Meanwhile, Linus Torvalds has a different avenue for hope: Google's Chromebook. This actually is a Linux desktop computer with only one application, the Chrome browser. The hardware itself is perfectly capable of running other Linux distributions -- which is what Torvalds does -- but out of the box, it's running a stripped-down, single-function Linux system that's easily maintained and secured centrally.
"I've been using Chromebooks personally and for my business for the last six months, and I can state firmly it's the Linux desktop I've been waiting for. I tried many other approaches, but found every other Linux desktop solution required too much effort to maintain. The Chromebooks (and one Chromebox) we have in the office deliver all the functions we need, without becoming the security nightmare you expect of Windows -- and without the constant patronizing lock-in that's manifesting itself on the Mac these days and without becoming the new hobby we'd expect from a raw Linux distro."
Blaming the user is what softie shills do whenever anyone mentions any of the numerous faults of Windows.
It's not the users' fault people know nothing about any system but Windows. Microsoft has worked very hard to make sure they never hear about anything else. But the cat is finally out of the bag. Android is everywhere, and ChromeOS is coming on strong. And there is nothing you can do about it.
LOL that's right, talk all AROUND the subject, but never ABOUT it.
The topic is ChromeOS and Android. They are out there, and Microsoft is in a panic over them.
More precisely, this tells us, loud and clear, how bright and informed Microsoft thinks its users are. By and large, the company's opinion of its users is probably about right.
If they are ignorant of such matters, it's not entirely their fault. For the past 35 or 40 years, Microsoft SHOULD have been making every effort to educate its customers about software. On the contrary, though, Microsoft has done its best to keep them in the dark.
Google "Why is Microsoft scared of Chromebooks?" -- article dated December 6 of last year. Subtitle: "Something has Redmond spooked"
Yup, I think this is a trend that is ramping up :) Microsoft has not failed to notice, which explains their bashing of Chromebooks in TV spots last year. This year it will likely become so clear that even journalists can't help noticing. :)
Confirming the obvious. If they didn't merely duplicate each other, it would be easy enough to vary the posts by building random variation into the scripting. No doubt they are already doing that, unless they are even stupider than I think they are.
" * Microsoft withdraws support for Windows XP on April 8
" * U.S., UK major banks negotiate fees for extended support
" * 95 percent of world's 2.2 million ATMs run on outdated XP
" * One-third of ATMs have been upgraded to Windows 7
" * Cost of upgrade for each UK bank around $100 million - sources"
Reason enough for the bankers to be having second thoughts about their provider, if they didn't already have enough reasons -- see previous articles about robberies of insecure ATM's.
"Going forward, prospective Microsoft investors must be willing to hitch their wagons to a shrinking personal computer business. Again, Microsoft shareholder returns may be described as “meh,” at best. Ongoing upgrades to the Surface lineup will fail to right the ship back towards real growth at Redmond."
"Microsoft knows that its Office software isn't quite as crucial as it once was. But its decision to launch a cheaper Office 365 'Personal' for $70 a year is perplexing at best."
" Office 365 Personal gives customers some advanced formatting options, regular updates, the ability to use Office on a tablet, and cloud integration with OneDrive. But does an everyday computer user really need all that?
"Many of the features and benefits that Office 365 provides over its competitors are very much worth the premium for businesses and advanced users. But for the type of user its trying to capture with Office 365 Personal - the average user - a $70 a year subscription seems like a tepid incentive."
Clearly Microsoft is feeling the pressure from Google Apps and Chromebook. But does the company's managment really know how much of a threat it is?
This prompts speculation about the reason for the absence of an obvious rush to update XP to W8. Maybe a lot of companies have already moved to Google Apps and/or Chrome and only seem to be still using Windows because nobody is looking closely enough, or somehow the stats are being faked.
"Wait, isn't the Linux desktop dead? As I observed last year, it all depends on how you define it.
"Many of us had expected a revolutionary overthrow of Windows by something that was, for all intents and purposes, just Windows with Linux under the hood. Instead, we have Chrome OS and Android, which are both essentially Linux, along with services delivered through the browser by cloud providers that run Linux on their servers.
"Part of my conviction that 2014 is the year of the Linux desktop flows from my personal experience at my own business, which now now runs entirely on Chrome OS (apart from the one legacy Mac device, which lives permanently in Chrome). As I've spoken to clients and collaborators around the world, I've realized we're not alone.
"I've found that many of the startups and nonprofits I communicate with use Google Apps for email and collaboration. It's not instantly obvious, since most of us operate our own domain names. But the benefit of getting all your productivity tools delivered at minimal cost and without needing an IT department is massive. When you're doing that, you're using a Linux desktop already, even if you're accessing it through Mac OS or Windows. All the code Google uses to deliver those productivity tools is running on Linux.
"But once you're a Google Apps customer, it's a simple step to move to Chrome OS and use Chromebooks or Chromeboxes. Using Chrome OS eliminates the last reason for needing an IT department to deliver company or school infrastructure. There's no antivirus issue, no management of updates, hardly any need even to manage the devices."
Microsoft in "the enterprise" is a dead man walking.
I could venture a guess as to why you can't -- Microsoft has been run by a CEO who doesn't know jack about software. Perhaps that will change before it's too late, now that Nadella is in charge.
“Why can’t I write a game for Xbox tomorrow using $100 worth of tools and my existing Windows laptop and test it on my home Xbox or at my friends’ houses? Why can’t I then distribute it digitally in a decent online store, give up a 30% cut and strike it rich if it’s a great game, like I can for Android, for iPhone, or for iPad?”
BTW, have to wonder what the author thinks "behest" means, but never mind. People who can speak or write in English get rarer every day, it seems.
'Xbox 360′s last five years have been “painful to watch”, due to Microsoft’s increased focus in turning its console into a multimedia hub at the behest of gaming. That’s the statement of Nat Brown, a Microsoft engineer who joined the company when it was conceptualising the original Xbox in 1999.
'Brown has penned a personal blog post – entitled “Stupid, Stupid Xbox!!” – in which he voiced his concern over Microsoft’s direction as of late.
'He begins, “I was a founder of the original Xbox project at Microsoft and gave it its name”, before recalling the gratification felt after the console enjoyed success after launch.
'However, things haven’t been so good lately, as Brown continued, “But the past 5 years, and the last year in particular, have been simply painful to watch. Coasting on past momentum. Failing to innovate and failing to capitalize on innovations like Kinect.
' “Touting strategic and market success when you’re just experiencing your competitor’s stumbling failure (yes, Sony, Nintendo – you are, I’m afraid, stumbling failures). A complete lack of tactical versus strategic understanding of the long game of the living room.”
'Brown’s beef with Microsoft is not that it views consoles as an integral part of the living room experience – in fact, he welcomes its inevitability in his post – but he also argues that Microsoft is going about it all wrong.'