Linked by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:03 UTC
Editorial I hear often that when something new appears that "competition is good". The primary reasons competition is seen as good, are: it drives down prices; it gives consumers more choice; it pushes technology forward, quicker. Competition is not good because: competition is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; competition is why DRM exists; and more. In this article, each of the supposed benefits of competition will be looked at in more detail.
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Linux choice?
by gedmurphy on Thu 30th Aug 2007 14:11 UTC
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Choice is good when there's one agreed base standard, and a number of compatible approaches. For example, there are many Linux distributions, but they are all Linux, and they can all run the same software. They are 'flavours' of the same thing, that is a good choice. People like different flavours.

This seems to contradict the article itself.

In retrospect, it's the huge choice which is holding Linux back to a certain extent. There isn't an agreed base standard, they're all slightly different.

It's only since the arrival of Ubuntu, where the obvious choice has been targeted down to one (hence the need for choice removed), that linux on the desktop has started to make ground.

Imagine Dell allowing you to 'choose' your own linux distro, that would be rather messy.

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