Are the Linux versus Windows flame wars finally coming to an end?

In today's open source roundup: The Linux versus Windows wars may be coming to an end. Plus: Linux Mint Debian Edition will switch to Debian Stable, and the virtues of open source textbooks

Arguments over desktop operating systems have always been rather...er...passionate, particularly between Windows and Linux advocates. Both sides have battled back and forth for many years, with each side convinced that their operating system has more to offer than the other. But Softpedia thinks that this long-running online rivalry may finally be coming to an end.

According to Softpedia:

Up until a few years ago, the battle between the two platforms was fierce, usually followed by various jokes and puns, but that has stopped for the most part. There could be a number of reasons for it, but the main one is that Windows is actually losing and Linux is gaining ground.

The thing is that a lot of people don't actually delete their Windows OS and install a Linux one. They are running both systems at the same time and they know what the strengths of each platform are. The communities have started to blend and less users are willing to make fun of an OS that they actually use at home.

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Frankly, I'd be quite happy if there were no more Windows versus Linux flame wars online. But if they are tapering off then I don't think it's because Linux is winning and Windows is losing. I think it might be because many of the flame warriors have moved onto mobile and are deep into the Android versus iOS wars instead of Linux versus Windows.

This is no surprise to anyone in the technology industry since it was clear years ago that the importance of desktop computing has been significantly reduced by mobile devices in the hearts of many users. Yes, people still use their desktop computers but many spend far more time on their phones and tablets these days, and that has resulted in a subsequent explosion of mobile platform battles across the Internet.

The interesting wrinkle to the switch to the mobile wars is that Microsoft isn't much of a player in the mobile space. After ruling the desktop for so many years, it's rather ironic that most people don't seem to find Microsoft's mobile products worth much of an argument. Thus the focus of the mobile wars is almost exclusively Android versus iOS.

Perhaps all of this is just a reflection of human nature. People will always find something to argue about but even the most vicious rivalries fade away over time as users shift to different technologies. The Linux versus Windows wars had their day in the sun, and maybe now we can finally say goodbye to them.

Linux Mint Debian Edition will switch to Debian Stable

The Linux Mint blog reports that Linux Mint Debian Edition will be switching to Debian Stable in upcoming releases.

According to Linux Mint Blog:

After a long reflection and many discussions the decision was made to switch Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) from its current snapshot cycle to a Debian Stable package base. The transition from Update Pack 8 to Debian Jessie should be smooth and similar to a traditional UP upgrade, in sync with the upstream Jessie freeze planned for November this year.

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