Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th May 2007 20:48 UTC, submitted by dolores
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "GNU/Linux is the most popular operating system built with free/open source software. However, it is not the only one: FreeBSD is also becoming popular for its stability, robustness and security. In this article, I'll take a look at their similarities and differences."
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I did not want to get in a religious discussion in a OS forum and I was not attacking FreeBSD. I was just trying to show how some may not even base their decision on a technical matter. Not even taking a look at it based on a non-technical thing. People make decisions based on appearance all the time. Advertisers spend millions of dollars making their products as appealing as possible. I was showing how I view it. And I know I'm not alone. I called to cancel my CD subscription and the nice lady I spoke with said that the mascot was one of the biggest complaints people had.

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People make decisions based on appearance all the time.

Now, this is absolutely true. Open-source projects fail to understand it.

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"People make decisions based on appearance all the time.

Now, this is absolutely true. Open-source projects fail to understand it."

I agree with this. It does tell a lot about educated judging, doesn't it? But that's psychology. Sadly...

But as you see the development of open source projects, they concentrate on appearance more and more. In most cases, this can be seen as an advantage, but sometimes, when the look seems to be more important to the developer than the function, these projects fail. A nice colourful GUI with dancing elephants, yes, but no good functionality...

Another development I see is the habit of applications doing more and more things (while needing more disk space, RAM and CPU speed). Instead of having simple programs for simple tasks that you "plug together" as you like, people tend to think of one program that does everything, such as a CD/DVD ripper with video decoder and encoder and streaming server and recording facility and built in mail client and web browser and illegal file sharing client... you can add more features if you like. :-)

Modularity is able to fix the problem here, for example, generic plugins for recording CDs / DVDs, for printing, for sending files via mail etc. are provided by the desktop environment itself and any application may use it, be it a media player or a document processor.

I don't want to insult anyone. But I may say this: Because computers are available for everyone, both educated and dumb people, software needs to serve the dumb ones, too, because they are the ones who bring the money into the shop. This does not sound very nice, I know. It's a very dichotomic differentiation that is not representative for reality, but just see it as a thinking approach...

You see some Linux distributions today fitting theese needs (eye candy), while they are able to be usable for educated people, too.

In my opinion, OSes like FreeBSD do not see people judging from appearance as their targets. These ones will be more happier with PC-BSD or DesktopBSD, if any BSD is needed, or with Linux (SuSE, Ubuntu, Fedora etc.)

We'll see when computers start thinking and people will stop thinking once and for all... :-)

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