pavelmachek (pavelmachek) wrote,

Linux did not win, yet Yes, Linux won on servers. Unfortunately... servers are not that important, and Linux still did not win on desktops (and is not much closer now than it was in 1998, AFAICT). We kind-of won on phones, but are not getting any benefits from that. Android is incompatible with X applications. Kernels on phones are so patched that updating kernel on phone is impossible... . This means that Microsoft sponsors Linux Foundation. Well, nice, but not a big deal. Has Microsoft promised not to use their patents against Linux? Does their kernel actually contain vfat code? Can I even get source for "their" Linux kernel? [Searching for Linux on does not reveal anything interesting; might be switching to english would help...]
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November 17 2016, 06:38:31 UTC 2 years ago

whats vfat code?
VFAT filesystem, the old MS-DOS filesystem hacked to support long filenames. In kernel in fs/vfat.


November 18 2016, 08:18:05 UTC 2 years ago

vfat will allow you to use long file names.
To use the vfat filesystem, use the filesystem type 'vfat'. i.e.
mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt
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November 17 2016, 08:39:55 UTC 2 years ago

Servers are not important?

So how is the internet going to work if we don't have servers? How are all the SaaS systems going to work? How indeed would Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, etc work?

Sure, the desktop is what the user interacts with. With the drive towards browser based apps, you can use any operating system with a recent compliant browser. So your claim is directed more at the demanding applications, like Photoshop, video editing, etc which need lots of local processing power and good user interface. For those apps, you are right Windows is the clear leader, with Mac OS X a distant second. Yes, there are Linux versions, but in my experience very few people use them.
Of course, servers are nice to have. But ... does Facebook run on Linux, FreeBSD or Windows? Linux, mostly for cost reasons, but so what. It does not affect end users, and as most of their code is closed, anyway... having Linux under that makes sense but is not important.


November 21 2016, 08:30:08 UTC 2 years ago

while I'm agree about Android, I wouldn't list compatibility with X as problem, simply because X is to become yet-another-option for "real" Linux GUIs (together with Wayland). if making Andorid more "linux compatible" was a real target, then what we actually needed was Dalvik backend support in the popular graphic libraries (EFL, QT, GTK, SDL....), not X11 support in Dalvik.