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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: Linux for the masses
by sorpigal on Thu 24th Jan 2008 15:39 UTC in reply to "Linux for the masses"
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"We hold the key of Freedom for tens of millions of people and that freedom is Linux


I find this one somehow arrogant. Linux is not the only OS out there.. OpenSolaris, *BSD et al, they are free too! And well, the word "Freedom" is capitalized so does it mean complete freedom from proprietary solutions or freedom to choose and do things your way? Anyways, Linux is not the Holy Grail of OS development. It may be good but heck, so are *BSDs.
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The reality is, as much as BSD fans might like to deny it, Linux is a *guarantee* of lasting freedom, BSD is not. GPL'd code cannot be closed off, BSD code can. Companies can contribute to GPL projects secure in the knowledge that their competitors are not being handed an advantage that they themselves will not also have. Average Joes can contribute to a GPL project secure in the knowledge that the code will not be hijacked and made unavailable to him in the future.

GPL, and Linux in particular, is a case of something on which mutually hostile forced can agree. It's a common denominator.

Linux itself is only an average OS of moderate quality and poor design. But that's not important! It will win over other open options because it is the place in which all desperate development effort will pool. The only reason this hasn't happened yet is that there isn't a slow-moving "Linux Platform" target, as there was/is for Windows.

As for OpenSolaris; that one has its possibilities, but it would have had a better chance if open source'd ~5 years earlier. Momentum counts too, you know.

Ultimately Linux will *not* last, but it will do two things: It will outlast *Windows* and *Mac OS* and it will free the world. When everyone runs *some* free OS then the other, probably superior, systems will have their day.

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