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Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu has come under a decent amount of flack over the past few months, particularly over their decision to use the 'Dash Search' to return results from Amazon by default in their most recent release.
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RE: That's life
by hhas on Fri 15th Mar 2013 22:51 UTC in reply to "That's life"
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I think its really funny when open source guys say fragmentation is bad.


I think what the Linux peanut gallery really mean is "any fragmentation that doesn't fit with my own personal ideology is bad". (Whereas Kosher fragmentation is perfectly hunky-dory as it provides ever more bragging rights: "Now available in two billionty flavors!") But they're probably not the ones doing all the work, and even if they are it does not matter what they think. As long as it's FOSS-compliant, that's what freedom is.

Now, there is a genuine problem with fragmentation in Linux land, but it's not in the fragmentation itself: it's in the inability to reintegrate the fragments at regular intervals. Which again I think has far more to do with personal egos and ideological differences than any technical cost. For instance, the Linux desktop would be vastly improved if 90% of desktop environments fell on their swords tomorrow, leaving the remaining 10% to focus all 100% of resources on providing the best possible experience to each distinct Linux market ("ordinary joe user", "cutting-edge leet", "crusty conservatives", "lower-power boxes"). But good luck trying to get any Linux desktop project to volunteer themselves as first for the chopping block. And so it goes.

(As for OS X, that's every bit as much of a double-edged sword - it just slices a different angle is all. Better GUI shell and better apps, but little user control over direction, and can crap on OSS work just as soon as embrace it. You pays your money...)

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