Not sure when, why or how a majority of the Linux Desktop Community lost focus, but the Linux Fragmentation today clearly proves they did … unless their focus, goal, plan, etc was total “Failure” of Desktop Linux. Heck, apparently Microsoft had to step-in awhile back and add the Linux Kernel to Windows 10 in order to provide some ‘Order’ for developers to use. Here’s what Linus Torvalds (creator of Linux Kernel – 1991/92) recently said about Linux Fragmentation.
Brief: Linus Torvalds has finally spoken his mind over why Linux that rules the servers and the clouds has not succeeded on the desktop front.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Too many choices overwhelm the consumer/customer/user.
Too many desktop choices held Linux back from succeeding as a desktop operating system? Linux creator Linus Torvalds certainly thinks so … snip snip … snip
“I still wish we were better at having a standardize desktop that goes across all the distributions… It’s not a kernel issue. It’s more of a personal annoyance how the fragmentation of the different vendors have, I think, held the desktop back a bit.”
There it is in a nutshell! Over 600+ Distros with each having 3-8 different DE’s and/or Flavors and who knows what else – that adds up to over 2000 Linux Desktop/Distro versions. The Linux ‘Fanatical Users’ will claim that more ‘cooks’ are needed in order to give Linux users (current & future) more ‘choices’ – they are egotistical Charlatans, at best, and should be ignored. These same ANTIFA-ish Linux ‘Fanatical Users’ attack Linus Torvalds, basically suggesting that ‘They’ know what the ‘Proper Direction’ is for Linux to take. Mark Shuttleworth calls them “haters” for their radical views … I would suggest that they are just blinded by their hatred.
Linux “rules the servers and clouds,” and at least has strong footholds in the Containers and IoT areas also, but has turned Desktop Linux into nothing more than a Toy Operating System for grown-ups to play with. Yes, there are a few exceptions, like Ubuntu’s dedication to Desktop Linux; Specialty Distros like Kodachi, Tails, Kali, Astra, Puppy, etc. Others like Zorin OS and Mint offer good options for potential Newbies, but for the most part (e.g. 95% of the over 2000 Distros) Desktop Linux has become nothing more than a Toy OS. Heck, most Linux users don’t even know their basic scroll mouse doesn’t work to its full potential in Linux. Many of these same users avoid CD/DVD-Roms, printers, graphic cards, Wi-Fi, etc because they either know they won’t work and/or they are unable to get them to work.
Also, there is a reason that most Desktop/Laptop OEM’s don’t offer Linux on their products – just too many Distros. Yes, there are some OEM’s who focus on a Linux Distro or two, but those computers run a lot higher cost wise than a similar Windows 10 machine. Some OEM’s, like Dell will offer Ubuntu on some of their computers, but usually it comes with a tad higher price tag. Most Desktop/Laptop users want a reliable Operating System – not a cute Toy OS to piddle with. Most businesses insist on Workstation’s, Desktop’s and Laptop’s having reliable Operating Systems, as well as having familiar and compatible business Office Suites – not some cute Toy OS running LibreOffice. Businesses will let Linux servers handle the ‘Babysitting’ chores, since they are reliable and cost-effective.
If you are serious about giving Linux a try, then go with Ubuntu…Ubuntu is the only Linux Distro that fully supports all of what Linux is about – from Servers, Clouds, Containers, IoT (Internet of Things) to a reliable Desktop for their developers and maintainers.
Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.
OK … some LEGO stuff and some Linux ‘Fanatical User‘ …
Linux ‘Fanatical User‘ Okra trying to install her favorite Toy OS onto her new Toy Lenovo computer: