Trollers now say 'Game Over' for Linux. What do you say?

At the centre of storm in the world of Linux is a post by Mike Gualtieri in his Forrester blog on the proliferation of Mobiles and the death of Linux post by Mike Gualtieri in his Forrester blog on the proliferation of Mobiles and the death of Linux on 26th October. You simply have to read the post, to understand why it is just high-profile trolling.

In the post the author makes a studied case of how Linux is a no-no, a has-been. He claims that Linux has hardly anything worth speaking about as it is not a innovator but merely a price-disruptor.

The post-quite simply gets some fundamental concepts of Linux itself wrong. Besides the author goes on to bungle further with making comparisons with several other platforms. At the root of the matter is that the author just has no understanding that Linux is only a Kernel or the Shell and only when this shell is layered with code will a product, such as the proprietary software he compares to, is born.

The products with core Linux run practically everything in computing today. He claims that sixty percent of servers only run on this software. And he refers to statistics and says linux could not match Microsoft prowess on the desktop as Linux only has a 2% share on desktops.

Though a very brief post, the author continues to comment, neigh preach, that Linux did have an opportunity for world dominance but now has lost the race to mobile platforms like iOS, Android and is therefore Game over.

But in his recent tweet he does claim-


Throughout the post, the author appears rather naïve, and definitely demonstrates his lack of knowledge of even fundamental aspects of Linux. He claims, “Android is built on top of Linux, but Linux is only one of many piece parts of the Android mobile operating system. It is not a Linux distribution.“

When ill-informed comments such as these are made by authors who claims to be an Analyst providing – Application Development & Delivery Professionals for a reputed and highly respected analyst firm such as Forrester, it does require some clearing-of-air by Linux Community.

Linux users have risen to the occasion, largely to reiterate the ignorance and incompetence of the author to call “Game Over” for Linux, especially when he lacks basic/fundamental knowledge about it.

Probably, if it was a pro-proprietary user who was trolling over Linux, genuine Linux users would have given the post a large miss and continued to enjoy working on their fav distros.

But, when pretentious and unprofessional authors claim its the end of the world for a committed community, it does raise the clarion call to help authors like him understand, they cannot get away with passing epithets.

Given that the author was say innovative Operating Systems have killed Linux, it is surely not a comment even a casual-user of Linux is going to let pass quietly!

  • Dave Gavin

    No real proof offered, just an incendiary column designed to attract hits. The author has no idea of what Linux is as seems to enjoy displaying his ignorance.

  • Chipz

    What’s confusing is he talks of Linux as if he means ‘OpenSource’ or FSF. Android is all open source, if we were to even discount all of the Android developments…most of the libraries are open source as well. And if he’s only talking about kernel, then what is he talking about at all? Comparing iOS to Linux Kernel makes no sense. How many good software companies are there…and why would any of them need Forrester?

  • GreyGeek

    Forrester "analysts" are paid by corporations like MS to write such "reports" or "opinion" pieces. Gartner used to do a lot of them until they inadvertently forgot to remove the MS PR logo from the footers on the pages of one "report". After that episode they lost a lot of credibility. That such firms should do such things should not come as a surprise. The Combs vs MS trial released a lot of MS internal emails and documents. One of the most famous is the [url=]Comes-3096.pdf[/url], which describes Microsoft’s plans to abuse consulting firms, "Independent" consultants, and sycophant "journalists", etc…, beginning around page 57, for the "stacked panel", etc…

    Also, it is well known that writing an anti-Linux FUD piece is a guaranteed way to increase page hits.

    If anything, this deliberately ill-informed rant only shows how desperate Microsoft and 3rd party corporations which depend on Windows are becoming to combat Linux and its derivatives on the desktop, the tablet and the smartphone.

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... joedoe47

    The game isn’t over so long as there is one person who uses and advocates for linux but since there are many of us who use and or also advocate for it’s use then the game is not over and we can still win, all we need to do is to grow as a community and offer solutions to allow the general public to use linux easily.

  • Ian Aranas

    that author might be half-baked on linux 101