Linked by Martin Girard on Tue 12th Sep 2006 13:57 UTC
Linux You must remember the period where various electronic devices, from phones to radios, were available in transparent cases. You may have found them utterly cool. Yet the simple fact that you can't find these things on the shelves anymore (except for do-it-yourself PC cases) means the crowd doesn't find them nearly that cool. While you may not see the link yet, this is exactly why the Linux desktop will never be popular.
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Load of crap
by Bonus on Wed 13th Sep 2006 18:35 UTC
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"Another issue that makes the open-source world irreconcilable with the crowd is the issue of choice."

This is nothing short of an anti open-source fist pumping article OSNews.

If the author loves MS so much and doesn't care about open source in the mainstream then at least ask them to put Windows under their most resrictive open source license. This article shouldn't have been posted here as it's redundant. The benefits of open source to mainstream have already been discussed. To cast open source as only fit for geeks who want to gawk is stupid.

If people dont like Linux it's because they dont like Linux not because they don't care about the sourcecocde as the author stated

I understand if the author doesn't like Linux but since when does the GPL or Linux have total ownership of open source software? Open source software has existed since the beginning but stopped being used around 1984.

The GPL is one of the first 'movement'
orientated licenses of sourcecode but certainly not the first or best. It's too liberal for certain high end apps like Apache and BSD etc. It's about 60 percent of the open source market. It doesnt allow too much in the way of more extreme privacy of code distribution techniques.

People want to be able to see the source code for safety and ethical reasons. Most people in my community want to know what's going on underneath the hood of what they oewn and have in their homes although they might not ever look at the source code themselves they want the interopability and stabilty that open source offers.

Edited 2006-09-13 18:36

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