Linux Desktop: When is our Year?

Linux Desktop: When is our Year?

Presented at SCALE 13x in Los Angeles, CA on February 21, 2015

We will start with some information about the current Desktop market, the status of the Linux Desktop and its different environments. First, we will list some problems I found and discuss each of them, one-by-one, while showing points where they are related to eachother. These problems vary in nature from community problems to diversity problems while including the problem of the enterprise overriding the needs of the desktop. While some of these problems are not that important, when there are multiples of them, they are problems. The community must work together to solve these problems and make sure that the people who aren't tech-savvy can use a Linux distribution and we must ensure that they enjoy it.

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Levente Kurusa

February 21, 2015
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    When is our year? An overview of the Linux Desktop

    Presented by: Levente Kurusa Embedded Software Engineer JW Technologies, AG. SCALE 13x :: February 21, 2015 Licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0
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    Who am I? # 18 year old computer hacker #

    2014 summer intern at Red Hat # Fedora Ambassador # Kernel engineer ... actually anything low-level! # AOSP developer
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    Goals # Share my experiences as a Fedora Ambassador #

    Let people know why I think the Linux Desktop is broken
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    What is the “Linux Desktop”? # The kernel? # The

    community? # Do we really mean the “Desktop” as in PCs and laptops?
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    Desktop market share 56.26% Windows 7 18.26% Windows XP (still?)

    13.52% Windows 8 05.26% Mac OS X 01.34% Linux (data from www.netmarketshare.com)
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    Distro problems “ The efforts to standardize on a kernel

    and a set of core libraries were undermined by the Distro of the Day that held the position of power. “ - Miguel de Icaza
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    VGA # We miss the “It just works” moment #

    The kernel isn't helping us either
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    Backwards compatibility # Win32k ----> Win98 apps still run on

    Win8! -------------> 18 years! # GTK and Qt aren't BWC
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    Rate of change # Windows updates its major version every

    2-3 years (sometimes more) => No big changes in that time # Linux distros release more frequently => Possible big changes!
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    Hardware # nvidia is now compatible with bumblebee! # Many,

    many improvements to GPU drivers: performance, stability, etc.
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    Questions? Licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0 Levente Kurusa levex@linux.com // levex@fedoraproject.org

    @ilevex +LeventeKurusa http://ilevex.eu/ SCALE 13x :: February 21, 2015 // Los Angeles, CA