Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Dec 2011 03:12 UTC
Editorial I was reading today about how Linux Mint developers altered the Banshee music player source code to redirect affiliate revenue from Amazon music orders to them instead of Banshee. They've reportedly made less than $4, which has caused a kerfluffle among those paying attention to that corner of the world. But it raises a larger point that has been swirling around for a couple of decades: an OS vendor has a lot of power to influence, and even monetize their user base. Where should they draw the line?
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With Android, you have destinctly different companies producing products which all claim to be the same product not models within the same product category. They are all claiming to be "Android" yet they customize it to differentiate themselves from each other enough that what the end user recieves is not stock Android but Motorola-Android or HTC-Android. Functionality differs between them as does how the device is managed and manipulated. They are reconizably different distributions based on Google Android; child forks.

Right, and what you're describing is part of the problem. If you don't understand why something with the name 'Android' on it not offering the same experience from phone to phone is a bad thing, imagine if every McDonalds restaurant you went to had a different selection of food items on the menu. If you still don't understand, I don't know what else to tell you.

And, if you want to insist that these desktop Linux distros are completely different products like Windows and OSX and shouldn't be considered fragmented, I'm not going to argue with you. At least I don't have to use any of them, and most developers will continue not making apps for any of them, so I don't really give a rat's ass. Like I said before, if you don't care about marketshare, then it's fine the way it is. Every year has been 'the year of the Linux desktop' since like 1997 - it hasn't taken off yet, and probably never will.

Edited 2011-12-14 19:19 UTC

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