I get turned off by people who like to defend Linux on the grounds they they are getting bad PR from the Microsoft and Apple camps. I don't doubt that there is some spin out there, but there is a reason why in December of 2012 Linux represented only 1.2% of all installed operating systems.
It's not just me. People who have been in the game a long time have issues with Linux. Here is one of the more rational pans I've seen in recent times: http://www.zdnet.com/five-things-deskto ... 000003901/
In essence Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has five criticisms of Linux in general
- Give independent software vendors (ISV)s more support.
- Slow down the pace of change.
- Work even harder to get low-level hardware vendor support.
- Pound on PC vendors' doors.
- Linux distributors need to take the traditional desktop seriously.
I can really empathize with item #3 in that my web cam has stopped working ever since the Linux kernel was upgraded back in 2011. It used to work prior to the leap forward, but apparently Linux developers are ahead of hardware developers and are not looking back.
Yes, Linux shines in the server category, but it's not going to replace UNIX in spite of the pricing argument. My experience with Linux is reminiscent of my "ham" radio days. Amateur radio was cool high tech in its day, but now there is the Internet and smart phones. Unlike the Linux crowd, nobody in the ham radio world is suggesting they will take over the way people communicate between friends and family.