Q&A session with Linus Torvalds: Why is Linux not competitive on desktop?
I think Linus does touch on one of the biggest reasons for why the situation is the way it is, and I certainly know that is how Windows managed to initially dominate the market = pre-installs on purchased machines. In the early years of Windows you had a buy Windows on every desktop machine you bought. Point is the user would have to reinstall the OS and just as with mobile phones, users really don't want to do that.
So the key really is pre-installed desktop OS.... like the Chromebook. As more apps go browser-based and interoperable we can expect Chromebooks to get more and more popular.
Gaming is going to be an exception for longer but mainly because some games are still only produced for Windows. That happens not because Linux can't handle the game, it is pure market economics in that the Windows market is still so big. Game producers go where the numbers are. If the number change over time, so will the game manufacturers.
So ironic that Linus originally created Linux for the desktop and it is the only platform in which it does not dominate! But no matter, everyone has the freedom of choice hence why I only buy computer components and need not pay for a Windows OS that I'm not going to use.
Watch his Q&A at https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6pmnkn
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