Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Oct 2012 22:37 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Donating to software projects - or, more accurately, open source projects. It's hardly new, it's hardly rare, and I'm sure most of us have donated at some point. That's probably why Canonical has opened Ubuntu up for donations - but with a twist.
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RE[4]: My Opinion is is Mine.
by ze_jerkface on Thu 11th Oct 2012 19:18 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: My Opinion is is Mine."
ze_jerkface
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2012-06-22

I'm sorry Lucas, but you are looking at this with heavily MS colored glasses. As such, you can only see diversity as fragmentation.


You can find plenty of posts from Linux advocates decrying fragmentation.


The diversity of Linux doesn't seem to matter on tablets, routers, super computers, wrist watches, space stations and a plethora of other things.


Tablets are all using the same Android base, even Kindle and Nook tablets. So they basically use the same distro with some API and UI differences, they aren't fighting each other over basics like sound APIs or program folder locations. Android tablets also have a proprietary friendly software deployment system. Linux distros are still built with the assumption that everything is open source.

Servers and space stations are managed by experts and don't have the same requirements as consumer devices. Wristwatches and toys only require a very slim command line Linux base that doesn't need to be updated.


It's just on the desktop that it fights an uphill battle against the incumbent OS supplier.


Having hundreds of distros results in redundant work. That's an inescapable fact. Now if all those distros had a specific purpose it might be justifiable but the vast majority are general purpose desktops.

The incumbent OS supplier already dropped the ball with Vista and Linux wasn't there to return. Windows 8 won't be any different.

The problem is not Windows, it is Linux. The desktop isn't ready for mainstream use and is in fact too late for the party. Android with a mouse and keyboard will be as close as it gets.

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