Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Fri 11th Jul 2008 22:30 UTC, submitted by fsmag
Linux "Recently a blog post entitled 'Why Desktop Linux is its own worst enemy' has come across my feed-radar a few times. It's yet another in the long line of 'Linux ain't ready yet' jeremiads and it doesn't really say anything new yet it got on my nerves. Why?" Ryan Cartwright at Freesoftware Magazine is on fine form with this wonderfully splenetic broadside. Read the full tirade at FSM.
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RE[3]: Good Lord
by netpython on Sun 13th Jul 2008 05:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Good Lord"
netpython
Member since:
2005-07-06

Simply screaming, "think different' isn't going going to address the short comings of Linux that exist.

You mean the abandoned Apple "Think Different" slogan?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_Different

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RE[4]: Good Lord
by kaiwai on Sun 13th Jul 2008 13:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Good Lord"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Simply screaming, "think different' isn't going going to address the short comings of Linux that exist.

You mean the abandoned Apple "Think Different" slogan?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_Different


Think Different meaning, "we at Apple think different" - it doesn't mean, "we want special concessions because we can't compete on merit alone". What the person who wrote the article is demanding is special concessions for his operating system to be reviewed to a different standard. That is demanding, "think different" about our operating system - "don't try to compare us with Windows or Mac, think different".

Apple has never demanded that people who review their hard 'think different' when comparing to the status quo. Infact, they're made their best growth my saying that Apple does it better than Microsoft Windows.

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RE[5]: Good Lord
by crimperman on Mon 14th Jul 2008 10:51 in reply to "RE[4]: Good Lord"
crimperman Member since:
2006-11-09

What the person who wrote the article is demanding is special concessions for his operating system to be reviewed to a different standard. That is demanding, "think different" about our operating system - "don't try to compare us with Windows or Mac, think different".


No, honestly, I'm not. I am saying something along the lines of : There's really not a lot of point comparing proprietary OSs and a free software OS because they operate and have been developed under different principles. If the original article had ripped into the commercial offerings of say Redhat or Novell it would have been understandable as those companies are trying to compete in the Microsoft world. But GNU/Linux itself is not. There is no one entity making decisions about direction, features or what should or shouldn't work. It's a huge collaborative and almost organic work.

Now that may be a disadvantge in the Microsoft world but the fact remains is that to say "Linux is failing" in that context is not really valid because "Linux" is not a single thing and in that way cannot be trying to compete with Windows. As said if they'd said RedHat, Novell or even Canonical is failing I would have understood where they were coming from but it was a typically poorly-researched and ill-thought out rant with which I disagreed. I guess in that way you ( appear to ) have a similar opinion about mine - that's fine as long as we are prepared to back up our views - which it seems we are both prepared to do. So that makes it a discussion and that is a good thing.

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