Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Mar 2011 18:59 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y And over the weekend, the saga regarding Canonical, GNOME, and KDE has continued. Lots of comments all over the web, some heated, some well-argued, some wholly indifferent. Most interestingly, Jeff Waugh and Dave Neary have elaborated on GNOME's position after the initial blog posts by Shuttleworth and Seigo, providing a more coherent look at GNOME's side of the story.
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nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

How android webos splashtop are just different forms of Linux. So Linux is gaining relevance. Ok some distributions might lose there relevance and disappear has this happened before yes. Should we expect this to happen in future yes.


He's clearly talking about traditional distributions and desktops.

Yes Linux powers Android, but does that really matter? What type of relevance is Linux gaining? Linux also powers my blu-ray player, does that confer benefits to some greater movement?

The Linux old-guard doesn't want to admit that their stalwarts (RMS, ESR) were wrong in some of their key assumptions. It's like a religion that refuses to accept reform and would rather die than admit that some of the founders were not actually prophets.

The open source holy war has been a giant mistake. MS and Apple would have more competition if the Linux movement had not been so hostile in its attitude towards proprietary software. That rigid open source ideology has merely served the interest of the largest proprietary companies. Linux needed parters of all types early on but the movement was arrogant and assumed hobby coders could do all the work.

As I said before the Linux desktop is back to being a hobby so this infighting is merely geek entertainment. Whether it has 5 or 500 desktops doesn't matter at this point.

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