Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Sep 2006 22:43 UTC
Linux GNOME's Luis Villa has wrote an interesting entry in his blog, explaining why it is in Linux's best interest that distribution communities seek out small Linux OEM companies and help them in providing the best Linux experience possible. "Obviously it is in RH, Canonical, and Novell's interests to actively pursue Big Enterprise Fish like HP and Dell. But I'm really surprised that the communities around these distros haven't sought out the smaller, and potentially growing, companies that are offering computers with Linux pre-installed. It seems like this is a win-win for everyone."
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nsrbrake
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2006-08-17

Buffalo Soldier hit the nail on the head! ghostdawg has a very good point as well.

Linux has always been a year away from being "ready" for the desktop. Thing is that it's always got something in beta being worked on, this is the nature of Linux. Many people all working towards an end goal, but not necessarily ever working together, or seeing each others code.

Sometimes you are working on a project and the specs change all the time, the users don't even know what they want or need. How do you attain a goal when they kep on moving the net. How many software projects failed due to inability to define what it is you want, how 'bout them FBI...

Linux has been ready for my desktop since 1996 when I first discovered it, well shortly after as there was no video drivers for my Matrox Millenium II right away as it was brand new on the market. That did help me get used to the command line faster though.

When I think about it, with Linux, each and every year the same people tell me it's not ready for desktop because of something alpha/beta that came out in the last year isn't there yet. Meanwhile you can go years without any significant functionality improvements on another OS I see around, and people just clamor about how great it not knowing what is coming down the pipe or rave about what the next version will have. But they don't tell me how they can't use the current version until the new one is released. And yes there are special cases where there is no choice and yes that applies to windows more than any other OS for modern computing. My point is however that for many people, the Linux desktop is "ready", and I think the people that say how they love the current version of their windows would consider the Linux desktop "ready", and those that hate Microsoft can do whatever they want.

Microsoft may be entrenched, and people do not like to change when they are comfortable, but that doesn't mean the Linux desktop is not "ready". Nor will there likely come a time that one operating system is right for every case and last forever.

Many people take detrimental actions against themselves every day, putting themselves through hell because they can't bring themselves to change. When it comes to computing, I've learned to accept the changes that make my life better on a whole. I still have my vice, smoking and others, so I won't claim to be any better, simply state that I understand.

I don't know that computer retailers/integrators should be the ones to support the os on the machines they sell, even in piecemeal. I want the specs from Lenovo/Creative/ATI/etc... each time they release a machine or piece of hardware to be able to write functional drivers for the hardware they sell. Give that to the Open Source community and the hardware will be appropriately supported.

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MeatAndTaters Member since:
2005-11-16

I remember thinking that Linux was ready for the desktop when Caldera 2.0 came out (what? 9 years ago?). You know what http://www.caldera.com has now? A SCO name. You know the only operating system with a screenshot on the page? Windows Mobile.

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r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

I remember thinking that Linux was ready for the desktop when Caldera 2.0 came out (what? 9 years ago?). You know what http://www.caldera.com has now? A SCO name. You know the only operating system with a screenshot on the page? Windows Mobile.

And this proves what? That a (bad) change of control at a failing Linux company might make the company pursue other avenues, like destroying their credibility and profitability through bogus litigation...

For every dead GNU/Linux company of the past, a new one has popped up. Overall the current crop of GNU/Linux companies are doing fine.

Caldera 2.0 may have been ready for the desktop of that time, but time has moved on and so has GNU/Linux. Current distributions don't resemble Caldera 2.0 in any way. Similar to Windows XP not resembling Windows 3.11.

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