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[3]: Its true
by rain on Wed 13th Feb 2008 08:46 UTC 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[5]: Its true
by rain on Fri 15th Feb 2008 07:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Its true"
rain Member since:
2005-07-09

Back then they wouldn't have needed that many developers to create competitive apps. It didn't take Jules all that long to create Tracktion practically all by himself. And consider that he also created a cross platform toolkit at the same time.
I doubt that it was a matter of resources, it was more the mindset of the time.

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