Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 10:26 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linux Linux, the free operating system, has gone from an intriguing experiment to a mainstream technology in corporate data centers, helped by the backing of major technology companies like IBM, Intel, and HP, which sponsored industry consortiums to promote its adoption. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, with the system's penguin symbol, will assist the Linux Foundation. Those same companies have decided that the time has come to consolidate their collaborative support into a new group, the Linux Foundation, which is being announced today. And the mission of the new organization is help Linux, the leading example of the open-source model of software development, to compete more effectively against Microsoft, the world's largest software company.
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2007-01-22

"And that attitude is exactly the problem.

Linux should be a standardized platform! The more you see Linux as "just a collection of stuff which allows you to create your own OS", the harder it will be to create software that "just works" on all (or at least most) Linux distros, and the more it will scare off third party software vendors.

As an open source developer, I'm sick of not being able to provide binaries that 'just work' for most users."

This is simply not going to happen on linux. Just like you're not going to get websites to follow consistent UI guidelines.

It's like the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Once you start with disorder in a system, it is much harder to bring it to a state of greater order and much easier to bring it to a state of further disorder. The objective would be to keep the system the same, stasis, or come up with a new system.

Edited 2007-01-23 00:15

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