Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Mar 2010 00:07 UTC, submitted by Jim Lynch
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu How surprised would you be, if I walked up to you and told you that every human needs oxygen to survive? I'm assuming that you wouldn't at all be surprised - you might start feeling a little uneasy that a random stranger walked up to you with such a crazy question, but you wouldn't be surprised by the we-need-oxygen fact. Apparently, people are surprised that Ubuntu is not a democracy.
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RE[2]: Good
by pompous stranger on Mon 22nd Mar 2010 02:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Good"
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The problem is that FOSS is democracy among developers not between developers AND users.

"Talk is cheap. Show me the code."

— Linus Torvalds, who runs a fairly successful OSS project

You don't need to be Apple to give users what they want. You just need to listen.

Users "want" Flash and they wanted copy/paste out of the box on the iPhone. The first they aren't getting and the second they didn't get for a while, for sound pragmatic reasons.

Apple is probably the last pertinent example if we're arguing about "democracy." That is a dictatorship and it works because the leader is decisive and usually right.

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