A Short Peek at the State of Affairs in Linux

Good morning guyz n dollz

You might have noticed an absence of Linux related content in the blog lately. And I guess you know as good as me why that is: Consolidation. The whole Linux environment and infrastructure has become very mature, easy to use, mainstream-ish, even “professional” in the last couple years. The cream has risen to the top, weaklings have been sorted out and even total n00bs will find a good distro for their needs and support for installing and using it. I’d even go as far as stating that a Linux distro like Linux Mint is easier to get a grip on than Windows. Really. I mean it. If Windows wasn’t preinstalled on 99% of consumer machines it wouldn’t stand a chance in hell to even compete.

And the new Win11 … are they fukn serious?

Bearing that in mind let’s have a peek at today’s DistroWatch website and its (totally insignificant) chart of top hits:

On the left side you can see that the famous Ubuntu just came out with the new interim version 21.10 for all its official flavours. And you can also see that it didn’t even have any impact on the Top 20 of the chart. In fact the only official Ubuntu version in the Top 20 is vanilla Ubuntu on #6. All the other *buntus are ranging far below that position. So much for the world’s mostest famoustest Linux distribution. 😐

The Top 5 is very stable since quite a while. What we have there is one Debian fork, followed by two Arch forks and another two Ubuntu forks. Both of them far advanced over Ubuntu’s standard Gnome desktop. And all 5are very deserving of their places in the spotlight. Because they are truly good and showing their mothership distros how it’s done right. All 5 of them are easy to install and use by non-geeks! That’s what I meant with consolidation.

I’m sorry, geeks, you must be very brave now. Your favourite playground was paved and all the dangerous rides have been taken out and made toddler-frienly. But it’s more secure and accessible, for older kidz and grrlz, too. Look at Orca. She rides Manjaro! In high heels, wearing nothing but a bikini top and micro skirt. And still she feels, like, totally save and secure. ^.^ I hope you’ll feel and experience the same once you dropped Windows and switched to Linux.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! 🙂

2 comments

  1. Linux can’t even beat Chrome OS for ease of use, security, and popularity. No shortage of OEM’s wanting to build Chromebooks wid the Chrome OS installed. 2000+++ Linux Distros (including DE’s, Spins, Flavors, etcetera etcetera etcetera) ‘n very few OEM’s want to install Linux…*VERY* few. Why? Linux isn’t a desktop OS for normal people, i.e. the people OEM’s are willing to invest their money on. The basic wheel Mouse is only partially functional in Linux, users like you carry USB’s wid documents on them to get someone to print it out for them because normal OS users can’t figure out how to get a printer or scanner to work on Linux, and have you even managed to get your favorite Linux Distro (EOS) installed on that recently upgraded computer yet?

    I just upgraded Windows 10 Pro to Windows 11 Pro, on 5 desktop PC’s and 1 Laptop…not one problem. Mices are all fully functional and I don’t need to carry documents on a USB to get them printed out, i.e. all my computers share one printer. The same OS I like, installed on each of my computers…most Linux users can’t even do that.

    There are many many reasons why OEM’s line up to build Windows computers and/or Chromebooks… 😉

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    • “Linux can’t even beat Chrome OS for ease of use, security, and popularity.”
      Security? In a Google derived OS. LOL

      “No shortage of OEM’s wanting to build Chromebooks wid the Chrome OS installed.”
      Because of marketpower, nothing any sentient human being does give two hoots about.

      “2000+++ Linux Distros (including DE’s, Spins, Flavors, etcetera etcetera etcetera) ‘n very few OEM’s want to install Linux…*VERY* few. Why?”
      Last I checked it was about ~600 distros, which isn’t a problem anyone does even think about. We find the best of Linux in the Top5, let the geeks hassle and play with the rest. And Linux would need a marketing campaign if you wanna sell your hardware wholesale with Linux preinstalled. It’s moot. And not very interesting.

      “Linux isn’t a desktop OS for normal people”
      But it is! Untechy people can get good results with Linux much easier and faster than with Windows. They just don’t know it exists so they use the stuff that shows up on screen when they power on their computers. Windows/MacOS. :/ I don’t know exactly but outside of the states Linux might be on more machines than MacOS.

      “The basic wheel Mouse is only partially functional in Linux”
      … and still nobody but you notices or cares. I use my mouse like I always did.

      “users like you carry USB’s wid documents on them to get someone to print it out for them”
      Mhm, that I do. Coz I got rid of our last printer years ago. I only need printouts once or twice a year, it would be too expensive to buy toner cartridges for that little usage. And if Linux can’t print on normal printers it’s coz the OEMs don’t provide FOSS drivers for them. Not Linux’s fault.

      “have you even managed to get your favorite Linux Distro (EOS) installed on that recently upgraded computer yet?”
      Yesssir! Right from the getgo it worked … stopped after 2 weeks or so. I was too lazy to geek out over it so I went to Manjaro, which installed without any problems and works ever since. By now all our machines are on Manjaro again. Apart from the new lappy, which is on EOS to fuck around with.

      “all my computers share one printer. ”
      Yes, of course. We’ve never used more than one printer. But nowadays we’re kinda fully digital and only need primitive printouts once a year or so. With shrinking tendency. And I bet we won’t even need that anymore pretty soon. I dunno about Ameirca, South Africa is a modern country on the path to become a cashless and paperless society.

      “The same OS I like, installed on each of my computers…most Linux users can’t even do that.”
      Why not? We have all our machines (apart from the Clevo) on the same OS.

      “There are many many reasons why OEM’s line up to build Windows computers and/or Chromebooks… 😉”
      Mostly just one reason: PROFIT for no intellectual investment. Good enough for me if I’m an OEM.

      And all that doesn’t make Linux any worse. I otoh hear the weirdest shit about Win11. 😮

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