Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Feb 2008 21:32 UTC, submitted by Flatland_Spider
Linux The Linux Foundation has posted the second half of its long and thorough interview with Linux founder Linus Torvalds, part of the Foundation's 'open voices' podcast. While the first part of the interview focused on the Linux development community, this time Torvalds sounds off on everything from patents and innovation to the future of Linux. According to Torvalds the reason Linux hasn't taken off is that most people are happy with the way things are. "If you act differently from Windows, even if you act in some ways better, it doesn't matter; better is worse if it's different." Torvalds also attributes much of the frustration with Windows Vista to this same idea. In other words, it's not that Vista is worse than XP, but it's different and that causes distress among users.
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RE[2]: Its true
by mabhatter on Wed 13th Feb 2008 05:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Its true"
mabhatter
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2005-07-17

excellent point. If "linux" wants to take off, more companies need to develop solutions rather than just desktops. Look at what Apple has had to do... If it wasn't for iLife/iWork/.Mac, mac users would be so cut off from all but the most expensive apps and nobody would like it. I think the linux distros need to take a "whole" approach to their distros. Ubuntu is a start, but it needs the full suite of functions supported well, with books about how to use the programs and online services that are just for ubuntu or at least play very nice.

The other thing I'd add is that while people are "safe" with the current crappy software, it will take something Twice as good, twice as easy, and twice as cheap to break Windows monopoly. It's got to be so much better that the cost (and pain) of switching is better than staying still. Another poster mentioned it needs to be "fashionable" as well, so that "everybody is doing it" applies.

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RE[3]: Its true
by rain on Wed 13th Feb 2008 08:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Its true"
rain Member since:
2005-07-09

If "linux" wants to take off, more companies need to develop solutions rather than just desktops. Look at what Apple has had to do... If it wasn't for iLife/iWork/.Mac, mac users would be so cut off from all but the most expensive apps and nobody would like it.


I fully agree. Most recent mac switchers I know fell for the software solutions Apple provides. Good quality software at fair prices.
They provide solutions for both home and professional use. And they actually do it really well.
And add to that all the excellent third party applications. What more can a user ask for really?

That was Be Incs big mistake in my opinion. They relied on third parties to come up with the solutions when they could have developed them themselves instead.
Had they provided some quality audio and video solutions they would have been heroes.

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RE[4]: Its true
by KugelKurt on Wed 13th Feb 2008 22:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Its true"
KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

That was Be Incs big mistake in my opinion. They relied on third parties to come up with the solutions when they could have developed them themselves instead.
Had they provided some quality audio and video solutions they would have been heroes.

I don't think that Be ever had the financial resources to employ so many developers to actually build an entire application portfolio.

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RE[3]: Its true
by Quag7 on Wed 13th Feb 2008 16:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Its true"
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2005-07-28

It may also help to have a fully tested, guaranteed to work set of hardware packages you can buy, which is also one of the reasons Apple succeeds. There are some machines out there now which are known to be 100% Linux compatible because they come *with* Linux installed.

But they always pack some jive-ass turkey distro on these machines. I know I can't be the only one thinking, when I encounter some new cheapo "Linux machine" being sold at Wal-Mart, "Very nice but...ugh, why'd they use THAT distro?" We all have our preferences but I think most people can agree that any of the Distrowatch top 10 are a better choice than what is commonly offered.

What would be nice is an end-to-end Ubuntu solution, laptop and desktop, which Ubuntu could be rigorously tested with, so just like when you buy a Mac with OS X, you know it works, out of the box (this is my impression anyway). Maybe they could even workout a deal to sex-up the machines with a nice Ubuntu tag/logo on it, and make them cool-looking. Yeah, this would be copying Apple but that's hardly ever stopped Linux before.

This would also benefit the rest of us, because enthusiasts know that Linux is Linux, and if Ubuntu can work 100% with something, so can any other Linux distribution.

Anyway...

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