Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 16th Sep 2002 06:48 UTC, submitted by Cesar Cardoso
Red Hat "We see the desktop as only a piece of the entire operating system product; integration must extend beyond the desktop. We also believe that users care most about functionality and integration rather than the underlying technology. For these reasons, we have created a single desktop look and feel for Red Hat Linux rather than maintaining two unrelated configurations." Very good stuff over there from Owen Taylor, the Red Hat Desktop Team member.
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Re: Spark
by bytes256 on Tue 17th Sep 2002 15:19 UTC

The same applies to operating systems. Just look at FreeBSD, will it ever become popular? I can hardly imagine. Apple just took the code as a base for a new operating system, how could FreeBSD ever compete with this? No chance. This doesn't matter if you only care for improving computing in general, but it will always live in the shadow of proprietory software.

FreeBSD and Mac OS X have different goals...FreeBSD is very server oriented...with workstation capabilities often an afterthought (it doesn't even include sound card support in the default kernel)...and for this reason FreeBSD can compete with Mac OS X...different areas of focus

and i would definitely have to disagree that BSD licenses will limit your popularity...look at the X Window System...MIT License which is BSD with a different wording...X dominated over other windowing systems largely due to its non-restrictive license...if it had been GPLed instead, do you seriously think that Sun and SGI and all the other big iron UNIX vendors would be using it today instead of NeWS?

the lack of popularity of FreeBSD is all about its doesn't give a shit about joe user

quite frankly, there is a HUGE difference between Free Software and Open Source...Open Source is about choice...Free Software is about control...kinda counter-intuitive...but you can thank Mr. Stallman for that