Why don’t more people use desktop Linux? I have an unpopular theory.

Why don't more people use desktop Linux? I have an unpopular theory.

Official Linux Distribution: A Solution for Linux’s Desktop Domination

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I’ve been using Linux since 1997, and it has proven to be a reliable and impressive operating system. In my experience, it has only failed me once, which is quite remarkable considering the duration. Imagine spending nearly 30 years with an operating system and encountering only a few minor issues, and just a single serious problem. That’s undeniably a win.

During the early years, Linux wasn’t as user-friendly, and one had to put in some effort to work with it. However, today’s Linux is vastly different. The platform has become incredibly easy to use, eliminating the need to use the command line, compile your own kernel, write bash scripts, or work with regular expressions. It’s simple, straightforward, and accessible to all users.

Despite these significant improvements, Linux has yet to dominate the desktop market. Surprisingly though, Linux has recently surpassed MacOS as the second most-used operating system for gaming, and its desktop market share has reached 3%. While these numbers are worth celebrating, they also highlight the potential for Linux to grow further and make an even greater impact.

So, what’s holding Linux back from becoming the desktop OS of choice for users worldwide? It’s not a lack of applications, as the majority of desktop use cases revolve around web browsing. Instead, the issue lies in the overwhelming variety of Linux distributions available.

When someone new to Linux asks for guidance, providing them with a long list of distributions to choose from can be daunting. Ubuntu, Linux Mint, elementary OS, Zorin OS, and Ubuntu Budgie are all excellent options, but their abundance creates confusion for newcomers. This diverse range of opinions hinders the widespread adoption of Linux.

To address this challenge, there’s a need for an “official” Linux distribution. Imagine having a single, user-friendly version of Linux that receives regular updates and caters specifically to new users. With such an official distribution, it would become easier for individuals and businesses to navigate the world of Linux.

Implementing an official Linux distribution would offer several benefits. Firstly, it would reduce confusion among new users by providing a singular entry point to Linux. This streamlined approach would foster stability, simplicity, and accessibility, encouraging more people to give Linux a try.

Additionally, companies interested in developing software or making their hardware compatible with Linux would face fewer obstacles. Instead of adapting their products for multiple distributions, they would focus on ensuring compatibility with a single, widely adopted official Linux distribution. This streamlined approach could lead to a more comprehensive range of software and hardware options for Linux users.

To determine which Linux distribution could serve as the official flavor, a suggestion would be to base it on Debian while incorporating the best features from various distributions. This might include features like standard users added to the sudo group, built-in support for both Snap and Flatpack, and the ability for users to choose their preferred web browser.

Maintaining and controlling the official Linux distribution would require collaboration among users, developers, and corporations invested in Linux’s success. Operating via a committee would ensure autonomy in decision-making, with corporate backing facilitating marketing efforts, including TV commercials.

Of course, suggesting an official Linux distribution raises concerns about limited choice and the potential elimination of innovation. However, the focus should not be on constraining users but rather on expanding Linux’s reach and promoting its benefits to a larger audience. Linux’s outreach has historically been lacking, and an official distribution would rectify this issue while making it easier for companies to support Linux.

Implementing an official Linux distribution is undoubtedly a complex endeavor, but if executed well, it could bring remarkable benefits to the Linux community. It may pave the way for Linux to achieve a double-digit market share, marking a significant milestone in the open-source operating system’s journey.

What are your thoughts, Linux community? Could an official distribution be the key to unlocking Linux’s desktop domination potential?