Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Dec 2007 19:39 UTC, submitted by michuk
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers."
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RE[5]: Give it some time
by wirespot on Wed 5th Dec 2007 23:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Give it some time"
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Where are the Adobes, Quicken's, the numerous games companies producing boxed software for Linux?

How about asking Adobe etc. about that? For the life of me I can't understand why you would blame Linux for this. Or for not supporting hardware that the manufacturer refuses to document.

So it's a showstopper for your use of Linux. Who cares? You're not a customer. You're a wannabe user. You're not owed anything. If you want to and are able to use Linux, fine. If you can't, double fine.

Because if you don't contribute anything, you don't exist. You won't be missed. The Linux and FOSS world are a meritocracy, not a vendor-customer relationship. There is no "marketshare", there's only contributors and developers. The advance is slow but steady and it doesn't actually need non-contributing people in order to survive. It survives on people doing things for themselves first and foremost, and that means to stop bitching, take it as it is and if you want it to be better you have to start doing something yourself.

That's the big catch. You have no right to make demands of free software. That software and its developers are there to empower you, not to serve you. If you think it's the kind of relation where you say "here's a ten, get my bags" you're sorely mistaken.

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