Thursday, April 28, 2011

Like kicking a puppy

It's getting harder to write for Linux in Exile these days. Not because I am running out of topics - in fact, it's quite the opposite. But as Linux Foundation chief Jim Zemlin says, writing these posts almost feels like kicking a puppy.

Linux has "won", in pretty much every category except the desktop. Microsoft relies on desktop PC sales too much to let it go.

But the desktop is becoming less important anyway. The platform matters less when the next generation of computing focuses on the handheld device. And Android (built on Linux) captured the lead in market share for the mobile device platform, even over iPhone. The future is looking bright for Linux.

And on a personal level, I haven't been (technically) "in exile" for a while now. I'm at a new organization, the senior-most IT officer, and Linux on the desktop is part of the culture here.

So I don't know if Linux in Exile is needed anymore. What do you think? Is this blog helpful to you, to the Linux community? Or is it too much like kicking Microsoft when they're down? Leave your comments below.


  1. I find it helpful, and fairly frequently you vent on a topic that had been getting on my nerves at work for quite a while.

  2. I have enjoyed the stories.

    I've been Windows free for several years and prior to that only used Windows for tax software and to follow along during the occasional informal (and unpaid!) tech support call.

  3. I enjoy it. You point out legitimate annoyances Linux users have with Windows.

  4. I enjoy it because it gives voice to a lot of my annoyances when I must encounter Microsoft Windows again. Plus, the desktop isn't going away; other platforms aren't truly gaining market share at the expense of the desktop — they're all growing. That said, I would recommend changing the blog's title (though adding "(Formerly Linux in Exile)" because, really, you aren't exactly in "exile" any more.
    That's just my 4/3-penniesworth.
    a Linux Mint user since 2009 May 1 (almost 2 years!)

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  6. Yup, desktops aren't going anywhere. I myself don't know *anyone* who has used Windows after being a Linux user for so long. The insight is useful.
    Do keep posting, even if the frequency of updates is lesser.

  7. I think you have something unique here. don't stop.

  8. Now that you have demonstrated what you set out to, perhaps it is time to demonstrate an ability to run gnu/linux all the time with Windows subjugated to virtual instances and tsclient instances. This is how I run things for myself at my job but I'm lucky enough to only have to deal with XP trash. There is nothing to awe the average Windows monkey than 27 virtual desktops running all sorts of great free software with one or two legacy applications where required. I'd be interested to know how this turns out.

    Over all, I'm sorry to hear you work in such a place that's determined to strip you of software freedom. Good luck.

  9. Linux has won. There's no doubt about that. But please keep the site up and running. - Arunabh Das


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