Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jun 2012 22:21 UTC, submitted by Valhalla
Linux The BBC interviews Torvalds. I like this bit: "For me, Linux on the desktop is where I started, and Linux on the desktop is literally what I still use today primarily - although I obviously do have other Linux devices, including an Android phone - so I'd personally really love for it to take over in that market too. But I guess that in the meantime I can't really complain about the successes in other markets." Linux on the desktop is quite passe. Phones and servers is where it's at.
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RE[2]: Desktop Forever...
by Alfman on Thu 14th Jun 2012 00:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Desktop Forever..."
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"I have thought about it quite a lot and I know more-or-less fully what and how I'd want in such a device to be implemented and thus I've sometimes entertained the thought that if I lived in the US I'd set up a Kickstarter - project"

I'm curious, what advantages do you believe you'd have in the US that you don't have elsewhere? US venture capital is nothing like it used to be, alot of it has moved to foreign growing markets.

I'd be interested in collaborating on a software project like this but I think we'd quickly find that we don't have access to the economies of scale or hardware facilities that the big guys have. Consequently our platform would be disadvantaged right from the get go. This says nothing of the fact that in the US we'd be sitting ducks in terms of patent litigation.

I think the most important thing the world could do to promote software innovation is to promote high quality unlocked open hardware on which developers like you and me would be free (and even encouraged) to develop our software on. But...the exact opposite is happening.

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