Linked by David Adams on Fri 4th Dec 2009 17:16 UTC
In the News This 24/7 Wall Street article displays three common media ailments: hyperbole, a love for top ten lists, and an obsession with December predictions for the coming year (which off course OSNews is obviously also falling victim to), and there are some predictable losers on this list (Blockbuster Video, anyone?). I thought it would be an interesting topic for OSNews because three of the companies/brands are quite familiar to us: Palm, Motorola, and Sun Microsystems.
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RE[5]: Debian
by kaiwai on Sat 5th Dec 2009 01:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Debian"
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WinKarmic Millenium Edition: Ubuntu keeps copy the wrong things... --bornagainpenguin

It reminds me of what HAL was merged into Fedora many years ago - and all hell broke loose. The follow up was the HAL maintainer that it had nothing to do with HAL and everything to do with a mirade of other facts. Amazing how once HAL is replaced with udev, all the crap that I experienced has magically disappeared. The moral of the story I find is that programmers in the open source world are more than happy to toot their trumpet but when it comes to the fall out when used in real world situations they blame all and sundry for failures.

As I've said, what is required is an eccentric billionaire with $5billion of loose change and fund 100 programmers to work night and day on a particular open source operating system to bring it up to par with Windows. The problem is that investers want a return within a year, a project like I mentioned would take 3-5 years before the product would even reach the door - given the short term nature of many investers, there is a reason why almost every Linux venture turns out crap when it hits the market; netbooks loaded with out of date or obscure distributions, vendors doing a half baked job getting it to the same qualityu level as Windows. The problems will simply keep getting bigger as 'Linux companies' expect more of the weight to be carried by some 'other people' than themselves taking on the responsibility of enhancing their product.

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