Is Linux Its Own Worst Enemy?


One could argue that this has been almost a banner year for Linux, what with Vista failing to attract the kind of fanfare that continues to follow XP. And the maturity of Linux distributions is undeniable, particularly Ubuntu, which has managed to attract mainstream users like never before. But is the Linux community not putting forth enough effort?

That's essentially the argument Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols makes, the self-proclaimed "Cyber Cynic" over at ComputerWorld. Vaughn-Nichols on Wednesday posted an article detailing five ways in which Linux for the desktop shoots itself in the foot.

Number one on his list is a lack of vendor support. He points out that, outside of of Novell, no other Linux vendor has made any real attempt to make a business out of its desktop distro, including Canonical, who he argues is focused on making profits in the cloud and in the server market.

Other ways in which Vaughan-Nichols says Linux comes up short in promoting itself on the desktop is in a lack of advertising and marketing, creating an unfriendly atmosphere for new users because of "too much bad techie attitude," too much infighting, and still not enough developer support.

Catch the full article here , then hit the comments section below and tell us if you agree with his assessment.

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