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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As soon as you use a license that can be commercialised and controlled you return to the state of play that Microsoft has. The most popular system will if it becomes commercially (monopoly oppotunity) to do so will close up and keep its captive market.

The GPL and the freedom it protects makes Gnu/Linux the most suitable option for a general purpose world OS because
1/ It is/can be very low cost, hence everyone everwhere can legally have it without the rampant illegal copying that Microsoft turns a blind eye to whilst it gets benefit.
2/ It cannot be co-opted
3/ Everyone can see it fully to write truly competitive apps
and other things...

Let's make such a general purpose desktop OS that fills the vast majorities needs. It's like building roads and letting everyone use them. It's infracstructure and should be a public work.

This applies to many core applications like e-mail and common data formats.

This whole approach does not remove the specialist softare from being a profit center (think Matlab, etc...) But even those are being showen to be in danger by the business models of companies like MySQL.

So you can make money in the application space. Just not the greed dripping amounts formerly made by monopolistic exploitation.

Meanwhile if using the system of the commons is to common for you then f**k off and buy the latest whizzy OS on super hardware. That's a little like the realm of cars where only a few people drive Ferraris and only a very small number of the custom built numbers actually use the abilities (think formula one racing) the rest do it because they wouldn't be seen in a Ford, Skoda etc...