Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 22:07 UTC
Linux With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion, many have toiled with the question: How do we make this happen faster? A well-known Austin-based Linux Advocate thinks he has the answer.
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Simple answer
by Xaero_Vincent on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 22:52 UTC
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2006-08-18

> Stop the fragmentation and unify.

Consolidate all the hundreds of distributions into a dozen specially tailored versions and concentrate the development on them. The focus of developer power would greatly improve the release quality and stability of the distributions.

> Stop porting software to Windows.

This alone is probably the single most prominent deterrent for *nix adoption. A platform can hardly gain relevance by sharing everything it has to offer to the dominate players. The dilemma here is... porting to Windows has many benefits to the project--attracting more users and potential developers.

If these two issues cannot be solved in an agreeable fashion then it will all remain a pipe dream for Linux; all secondary issues, such as poorer hardware support and lack of commercial software, will persist.

Edited 2008-01-23 22:59 UTC

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