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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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RE: Simple answer
by 6c1452 on Thu 24th Jan 2008 01:48 UTC in reply to "Simple answer"
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OSS is OSS. It will be fragmented every time somebody makes a distro in their garage, and ported every time somebody takes the time to port it. This can't be stopped. Everybody can use it, including people you don't like, and there's no way to change this. This is the whole point of open source.

Which is at least part of the reason it pisses me off every time somebody suggests that everybody should use one graagh-borg-ASSIMILATE distro, window manager or toolkit and take over the world. Forks and competing standards happen because existing tools don't do what developers want the way they want, and the ability to make them (and use whichever one perfers) is what makes open source fun.

Not porting software to windows is a new one to me; I think maybe it hasn't been suggested before because it's impossible. There are actually windows users who can port software to windows, and good luck trying to stop them.

So everybody who does the open source versus windows thing, take a deep breath and repeat after me: Open source is not designed to take over the world. Open source is designed to be free. Open source does not hate windows. Windows is not the enemy.

See? Our blood pressure is lower already.

Edited 2008-01-24 01:49 UTC

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