Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 17:45 UTC
X11, Window Managers Apparently, my article a few days ago caused a bigger stir than I had anticipated, not at all unrelated to the fact that my wordings may not have been optimal. So, let me clarify things a bit.
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RE: Thom's cool
by h3rman on Sun 24th Dec 2006 10:35 UTC in reply to "Thom's cool"
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Again, it's hard for me to understand why people don't use Linux more. But then yeah, not everyone is like me I guess.

Eugenia would say that Linux does not offer what people "need".
Such as blobs and closed codecs installed by default and all kinds of bluetooth, GAIM, video editing integration (in which Linux/Gnome/KDE should apparently beat OS X, with its iMovie and stuff).

She may have a point - if all you care for is market share.
Which I increasingly care less about these days. A few million happy desktop Linux users all over the planet may constitute only a tiny percentage of desktops, it is still a few million happy desktop Linux users.

But well, say we agree we go for Linux market share expansion.
I would say that it is, quite simply, for the OEMs to preinstall a nice Linux distribution on the hardware they sell. It is, imho, as simple as that (I'm sorry that things may seem so basic sometimes; try Occam's razor for a while. I'm just a simple person, you know).

In order to get the OEMs to do that, all kinds of people will demand Linux distributions/Gnome/KDE to be or to offer all kinds of things, otherwise no OEM will go for it. One thing it must be, it seems: better than the competition - in every respect. And all that, being cheaper too.
If the FLOSS people would manage that, it would be an embarrassment to MS/Apple.
If they would not manage, people would say: you see, gone is the bubble!
Either way, nobody really into FLOSS really cares.

Well, we won't know until it (this preloading Linux by OEMs, I mean) is tried, will we. Maybe they never will try?
Maybe fear and corporate conservatism have something to do with it?

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