Linked by Adam S on Wed 30th Apr 2003 07:26 UTC
Linux Lately, we've all read a lot of articles about desktop Linux - so many that it's getting hard to tell them apart. One says "Why Linux Sucks," the next "My Success With Linux." Even Michael Robertson of Lindows.com joined the fun with his "Why Desktop Linux Sucks, Today." But very few people have proposed anything radical, and I believe that's what's needed to take GNU/Linux to the next level.
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Good idea, not radical enough
by sardaukar siet on Tue 29th Apr 2003 21:59 UTC


Great article overall, but I believe you are not going far enough.

Linux is going to die. If you doubt it, check the latest screenshots and reports on Windows 6.0 ("Longhorn") and you will doubt it no more.

Fighting back is pretty simple, actually : going anew. Choosing a flavor of BSD (Net,Open,Free) and building from it's stability. We don't want licensing issues here, so we do EVERYTHING from scratch - just keeping the basic and proven functionality and stability of BSD, which has a no-problem license to start with.

It seems like a huge task, but one that if promoted well enough would gather a huge (coder and non-coder) following. A new desktop, with Apple's appeal, Windows' (semi) task-orientation and BeOS's simplicity. This, coupled with a new HTML engine (no Mozilla's Gecko here with it's license), an efficient library policy and integrated install-remove policy as well (I mean individual change-recording journals associated with each library and so on) would result in a next-generation free OS that would be a breeze to use and to evangelize about.

Another key issue would be leadership of the project. No Ceasar-model as Linus Torvalds, but a more democratic model, like FreeBSD's elected Core Team.

I believe it would work. And I have no doubt it would ROCK!