Can Desktop Linux Conquer its Challenges?

Despite countless inroads made by today’s best and brightest Linux distributions, it’s still difficult for the Linux desktop to get ahead. In this article, I’ll talk about the biggest challenges I’ve seen and what can be done to overcome them.

Pre-installed Linux

Not too many years ago, it was nearly impossible to find Linux pre-installed anywhere. Over the years, I’ve seen a limited number of companies attempt to sell pre-installed Linux desktop computers. The consumer distributions in question were Linspire, Xandros and a couple of others. Sadly these attempts had two significant issues that these distributions failed to address.

The first issue was the lack of Windows software. This may seem silly to you and me, however to the target market for these PCs, it was a problem. New buyers purchasing these machines had no idea if their existing Windows software titles would be natively compatible. Sure, there are WINE-based solutions that can help, but the greater issue is the lack of consumer education taking place here. (Read the rest)