(Last Updated On: May 24, 2018)

10 Reasons Why Desktop Linux Isn’t Mainstream. Yeah, the title is totally link-bait. However, it’s worth noting that I actually deliver what the title describes and then some. Linux is awesome, but sadly, most people haven’t heard of it. Here’s why.

1) Brick and Mortar availability (https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ubuntu-linux-linux/8888563.p?skuId=8888563, https://www.computerworld.com/article/2534618/operating-systems/best-buy-stores-to-sell-boxed-version-of-ubuntu-linux.html)

2) Legacy software expectation (MS Office, Autocad, Adobe, industry specific app here)

3) Gaming (PC gaming)

4) Local support ecosystem (who is my tech person)

5) Industry labeling for hardware compatibility (Best with ____ OS)

6) Wild card hardware issues – (audio, video, networking)

7) User experience familiarity (Weird UI, searching for software isn’t recommended)

8) No one company to yell at when something goes wrong.

9) Too much choice in desktops, distros and other elements of the desktop.

10) Old, dated belief systems about Linux.

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Matt Hartley
Freedom Penguin’s founder & talking head – Matt has over a decade working with Linux desktops, his operating system experience consists of both Windows and Linux operating platforms. In addition to writing articles on Linux and open source technology for Datamation.com and OpenLogic.com/wazi, Matt also once served as a co-host for a popular Linux-centric podcast.

Matt has written about various software titles, such as Moodle, Joomla, WordPress, openCRX, Alfresco, Liferay and more. He also has additional Linux experience working with Debian based distributions, openSUSE, CentOS, and Arch Linux.

Written by Matt Hartley

Freedom Penguin’s founder & talking head – Matt has over a decade working with Linux desktops, his operating system experience consists of both Windows and Linux operating platforms. In addition to writing articles on Linux and open source technology for Datamation.com and OpenLogic.com/wazi, Matt also once served as a co-host...
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