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Linux feature is starting to look brighter

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CEO of Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth is using his millions to improve the Linux user experience, hiring people to work on X, OpenGL, Gtk, Qt, GNOME and KDE. He had doubted that desktop Linux could ever equal the smooth, graceful integration of the Mac OS. Today's Mac OS X 10.5, Leopard, is a work of the user-interface designer art. On Mac, everything is smoothly integrated and it's like all inclusive apartment. That's becouse, Apple alone, controls the all Mac architecture from hardware to software. Everything fits together; everything works, because everything is under Apple's control. Linux has taken an entirely different approach.

Linux have a common base, the Linux kernel, then split off as they compete with each other to be the best of the best. It's non-stop competition where only the best survive. This competition forces Linux desktops to evolve very quickly. That's why, Linux profits while Microsoft has been stumbling with its Vista failure.

On other side, Linux and MacOS are fundamentally different development approaches and leads to quite different desktop experiences. With Linux, you tend to get more choices and more power. Linux give you benefits that the Mac can't deliver. It's open, it's flexible, and it gives the user far more control over their desktop. Mac gives you less choice but a more consistent experience. Linux will never be equal to the Mac's architecture, (becouse Linux distributor, must be a software and hardware manufacturer as well), but with Mac experience, that's something that is gonna be changed.

So, Mark Shuttleworth write on his blog that "will improve Linux experience with doing some of the heavy lifting required to turn desktop experience ideas into reality". As Shuttleworth recently said he wanted the Linux desktop to be better than the Mac's desktop interface. And now he is investing his millions to the new bright Linux feature.

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Gail Alexander

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Corran57 said...

It is not surprising that Linux is after the mac interface as Apple took it from them and made it work. I remember the playing with early Red Hut and Mandrake (now Mandivia) and being blown away by what i could do and how good it looked. I wonder if the possibilities offered in the linux desktop, was one of the main reasons Jobs when went to a Debian base for OSx.

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