firefox still the champ on linux

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The results are out from the 2007 Desktop Linux Survey, and no surprises here. Firefox continues to dominate the Linux desktop.

Thunderbird still maintains its slim lead over Evolution but the real winner in this round of the survey is the web with more than 10% of respondents using some flavor of webmail.

Firefox, and Mozilla before it, is the reason that I was able to spend significant time on the (still) not very mature Linux desktop. Having a comfortable browsing environment, where I spend most of my computing time, allowed me to overlook all of the things that just don't work so well on Linux.

Now if only the Linux developers and vendors would put some time into building a real program install system that works for software vendors instead of locking users into their little walled gardens.... More on that later.

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Now if only the Linux developers and vendors would put some time into building a real program install system that works for software vendors instead of locking users into their little walled gardens.... More on that later.

You said it! I'm convinced this is the the #1 reason there are no viruses for Linux; it's impossible to install any program...

I think it's easier than it's ever been. Autopackages seem to work pretty well and on Debian based systems .deb files install just like an .exe does on windows.

How well either work for vendors I'm not sure but I'm noticing more and more .deb packages available at software vendor sites. Course that's only a fraction of Linux userbase those are usefull too.

apt-get software package installation system on Debian-based system is one of the main reasons drove me to Linux Desktop,imagine a .NET framework installation on Windows XP done by just several clicks.It can even do major upgrade for your operating system(like upgrading from XP to Vista),without even have to reboot,and yes,incrementally.

apt-get software package installation system on Debian-based system is one of the main reasons drove me to Linux Desktop,imagine a .NET framework installation on Windows XP done by just several clicks.It can even do major upgrade for your operating system(like upgrading from XP to Vista),without even have to reboot,and yes,incrementally.

All software vendors have to do is just choose a packet format and distribute their programs in that format, and give the others a simple compressed package as an alternative. Every distro packager will be glad to do all the work for them.

Another way is building installation scripts. Google software, NVIDIA drivers, Matlab, and many other programs are shipped for linux this way, without any problem.

IMHO, thanks to the flexibility of the linux user base, software installation in linux is a non-issue for vendors.

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