Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Feb 2009 14:11 UTC
Linux With Linux traditionally coming in many, many flavours, a common call among some Linux fans - but mostly among people who actually do not use Linux - is to standardise all the various distributions, and work from a single "one-distribution-to-rule-them-all". In a recent interview, Linus Tovalds discarded the idea, stating that he thinks "it's something absolutely required!"
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Find out what is holding Linux back and fix it, just fix the damn thing.

It's called a predatory monopoly, with a knack of using money and anti-competitive practices to shoehorn everybody into using their products.

It's complacent users who don't give a hoot, as long as they don't have to actively participate and have someone to blame when trivial stuff trips up.

It's pundits on all sides prophesizing in contradictory ways that Linux needs to do this and that to succeed in the arbitrary and undecided upon goal of dominating the desktop market.

Then again is the goal of catering to users who don't give a hoot, with the intention of dominating a market averse of empowerment and true innovation really the best course for GNU/Linux to go?

The way it is going now, slowly but surely, attracting people who do give hoot and innovating more and more with each iteration looks pretty good to me.

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