Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 22:07 UTC
Linux With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion, many have toiled with the question: How do we make this happen faster? A well-known Austin-based Linux Advocate thinks he has the answer.
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RE[3]: Simple answer
by WereCatf on Thu 24th Jan 2008 00:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Simple answer"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

I therefore came to believe great exclusive applications are the only way the little guys can prove themselves worthy on well established/owned territory.

I thought the basic idea behind FOSS software was to give people more freedom to choose and do things their way, not to force them to a single platform?

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RE[4]: Simple answer
by Xaero_Vincent on Thu 24th Jan 2008 01:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Simple answer"
Xaero_Vincent Member since:
2006-08-18

I thought the basic idea behind FOSS software was to give people more freedom to choose and do things their way, not to force them to a single platform?


Sure...

But this discussion is about why Linux is a failure (in terms of adoption).

That is why I was pondering a new development ideology; one which focuses more on *nix and making it shine in the face of competition than freedom for all users.

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RE[5]: Simple answer
by WereCatf on Thu 24th Jan 2008 01:22 in reply to "RE[4]: Simple answer"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

But this discussion is about why Linux is a failure (in terms of adoption).

It can't really be a failure unless there is a determined goal to reach. In that regard the community hasn't decided a single goal, there are basically two camps: those who wants 100% adoption and those who don't care as long as they can use Linux themselves. I belong to the latter camp cos I see no specific reason why people should start using Linux. No one has yet been able to give any good reason why it is more important to run FOSS software on Linux kernel rather than run the same FOSS software on something else.

Besides, the more users and devs there are for the FOSS projects in question the more bugs can be found and squashed. If you restrict the software to only one platform it will not only hinder the possibility of people finding the software and becoming acquainted with it but it will also lessen the number of developers polishing it and the number of users contributing bug reports. So, in that essence, is it more important that people specifically run their software on Linux or that the software overall is better quality? I still would go for the latter...but that too is just my opinion.

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