Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 18th Sep 2002 02:30 UTC
Oracle and SUN These days, the big players in the Linux "purely-desktop market" are Lycoris, Lindows, ELX and the much awaited Xandros Desktop 1.0. OSNews got their hands to the latest version of Xandros (beta3b) and we are giving it a whirl. Read more for information and screenshots.
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Re: Miles
by Darius on Wed 18th Sep 2002 05:10 UTC

"Sorry buddy, in case you havn't realized, the GPL prevents companies from monopolizing Linux. The GPL ensures that everybody everywhere will always have access to the Linux kernel (And, of course, all other GPL software)."

I never said they're going to steal the kernel or the OS. They will just hack it enough so that they can start building layers on top of the infrastructure, adding their own hooks into it. Think about this .. Windows (as I understand it) is completely closed source, but how much of the commercial crap and spyware on the Windows platform do you think that Microsoft is actually responsible for? Hell, think about the things the commercial bastards could do to Windows if they actually had the source code to it and understood the inner workings.

"There's absolutely no, and let me repeat for you, NO way that a company is going to destroy open source/linux. "

You're right ... open source/Linux will always exist. But in the event that Linux finally catches on, you'll have a senario just like you have now ... 97% of people using AOL Linux (basically the kernel, X, and commercial crap added on top of it), and the other 2-3% will be using the 'uncorrupted' open source/free versions that are out there.

Why does my senario sound so far-fetched? If Linux were to start dominating the desktop, where do you think the commercial crowd developing Windows spyware and swiss cheese are going to go - program for the Mac? lol