It may be more powerful, but not in marketing. All the stuff advertised is Windows/Mac, Android/Apple/some Windows.
That's where your data goes - to sell more stuff. You don't believe it, I don't believe it but Joe Shmo from Idaho does, and he will back it up with his money. The companies that are pushing all this stuff will do almost anything to keep edge and profits. Merge, sue, whatever. Linux the OS is great and all you say - Linux as a marketable product does have catching up to do. I've never seen an ad saying anything like Linux is Cool or to make a young person want it.
Linux will have a hard time. If patent trolls smell money, even if wrong, they can tie up or hurt whomever they sued. Just looking at the list of who bought which company for what purpose and patents can make your head swim. I see Nokia wants Instagram also for socializing. I've been watching money and marketing trends for years. I don't like the way all this is heading. Makes it hard for open source.
Linux might have a music/video service like Google or Apple, but does it have the tunes the kids want? Can they put it on another device? Like DL on computer and switch to tablet or phone? If Sony has the rights, Sony can dictate where the songs go.
People want the crap. So the money will go with the crap. But some of us do have the right to run a certain OS for any reason. If I get torked with Google, I can shove all my books on a memory stick in PDA format, buy a dumb phone and use my Sony UX-50 Clie. I'll go back to using Astromist rather than Sky Safari.
BTW - some Linux groups don't want to hear from you if you can't write a script. So if it's an oddball problem, they have no interest, and too bad. If you search for answers, most are pre 2010 or the question wasn't deemed worthy of notice. That is also no way to win friends and influence people.
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