Three things Linux desktops need to do to beat Windows

After visiting LinuxWorld in San Francisco, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols took away a common theme with the panels he sat in on, “What does Linux need to do to compete more successfully on the desktop?”  What he came up with was three specific things that Linux needs to do in order to beat Windows on the desktop.

In short, the three points are

  1. Better power management.  This goes far beyond ACPI.
  2. Applications.  Wine, virtualization, or alternative software.
  3. Device drivers.

I agree with Steven in that these three areas should be at the top of the list for Linux developers.  There is no excuse for Linux being behind in any of these areas and we should be doing everything we can to make sure Linux at least can compete with Windows and Mac in these three simple areas.

Read more here.

10 Cool Devices that Run Linux

If you didn’t know already, Linux is not just a platform that runs on desktops and servers.  Many of us use devices everyday that run Linux or Unix without even knowing.  A number of mobile phones, Digital Video Recorders, and MP3 players run a variant of Linux or Unix.

Here is a list of 10 devices that run Linux.

Dispelling the Myths Surrounding Linux

There are a number of reasons a non-Linux user will give you for not trying Linux.  The sad fact is that most of the reasons are either old Linux truths, or are just flat out Linux myths.  Things like the Linux installation is too difficult, or Linux only uses a command line interface are some of the ignorant answers I’ve heard in the past. has an article that is written to dispel some of the myths surrounding Linux, check it out here.