Linked by Martin Girard on Tue 12th Sep 2006 13:57 UTC
Linux You must remember the period where various electronic devices, from phones to radios, were available in transparent cases. You may have found them utterly cool. Yet the simple fact that you can't find these things on the shelves anymore (except for do-it-yourself PC cases) means the crowd doesn't find them nearly that cool. While you may not see the link yet, this is exactly why the Linux desktop will never be popular.
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Member since:
2005-12-23

"My own dad, who dislikes having to do complicating stuff on his PC, actually thinks Xandros is easier to use than Windows. I think the author has never heard of the phenomenon "Linux Distribution" or something. "

Also what about ReactOS? Basically it's FREEDOS wrapped with a neat UI. If people prefer Windows it doesnt mean it can't open up under Shared Source. What about MS' codeplex site too?

Also I think putting code under more restrictive open source licenses like Mozilla does help with consistency sometimes.

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anonymousbrowser Member since:
2006-04-28

Ok, the simple response to your comment would be a rather large chunk of WTF?!

ReactOS has absolutely no relation to FreeDOS, none at all, it's an attempt to clone the NT4 kernel, it ain't DOS based.

Shared source is not the same as Open Source, it's what MS want people to believe so that they can shrug off the whole FOSS arguement with a quick "Oh, well we do that too"

Microsoft's codeplex is just their version of SF, using only microsoft technologies and somehow failing to provide a fraction of the services Sf.net manages to.

Talking about Mozilla using more restrictive licenses seems a little confused, you do know that Mozilla is tri-licensed under the GPL and two less restrictive licenses, the MPL and LGPL? More restrictive than what exactly?

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