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They compare a free and _evolving_ development model, that, like the evolution of life, does actually not veer towards anything. Products evolve by chance, or by personal necessity. Whats not good for the general public gets selected out by time, by some kind of natural selection.
The only way to influence somebodys development efforts is to pay him, to develop what _you_ want. There wouldnt be hundreds of window managers and text editors if the people had any need to "unite" and take it on Microsoft, a non free, streamlined, commercial product developer.
The authors of such articles just reveal that they are some kind of little dictators, who would like to govern Free Software development worldwide.
I really cannot understand that those "no choice" fanatics really want to regulate what other people do in their free time, so that some company like Novell or RedHat could have a more integrated and polished product to compete against Microsoft. To want something like that is nothing less but just ridiculous!
There _already_ are distros that limit choice and offer only a few common packages, so this discussion shouldnt be needed any more. Goal completed. No wait, they dont want to have one distro to offer that, they want to limit free choice of _all_ distributions and to yoke _all_ free software developers to spend their free time working for the biggest distributors without getting paid.
They obviously watched too many LOTR (unite against the evil or we are all lost) movies.
I dont like to repeat myself, but this is ridiculous, just ridiculous. Limiting software choices in a free software community, bah.