Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Mar 2011 18:59 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y And over the weekend, the saga regarding Canonical, GNOME, and KDE has continued. Lots of comments all over the web, some heated, some well-argued, some wholly indifferent. Most interestingly, Jeff Waugh and Dave Neary have elaborated on GNOME's position after the initial blog posts by Shuttleworth and Seigo, providing a more coherent look at GNOME's side of the story.
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Linux continues to lose its relevance
by morglum666 on Tue 15th Mar 2011 12:15 UTC
morglum666
Member since:
2005-07-06

For all the chatter about the "bazaar", the "Cathedral", "Many eyes make bugs cry etc" linux continues to lose its relevance.

In an era when you have the top tablet maker talking "Post PC" - linux didn't even reach that level of recognition in the first place.

The shift to web apps only makes the problem worse as the linux desktop solves a problem that Microsoft solved a long time ago, and it does it in a more painful fashion.

Developers: Instead of working on this non winner, go build a web app that people will actually use and value.

Morglum

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

In an era when you have the top tablet maker talking "Post PC" - linux didn't even reach that level of recognition in the first place.


Ever heard of Android?

The shift to web apps only makes the problem worse as the linux desktop solves a problem that Microsoft solved a long time ago, and it does it in a more painful fashion.


What do you mean a long time ago. *cough* IE6,7,8 are all a piece of sh**. Only with the release of IE9 will they catch up...

Also if you're so into web apps Chrome is built on top of (you guessed it) *Linux*...

Also I would like to point out that not everybody enjoys web development.

Edited 2011-03-15 12:29 UTC

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oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

For all the chatter about the "bazaar", the "Cathedral", "Many eyes make bugs cry etc" linux continues to lose its relevance.

How android webos splashtop are just different forms of Linux. So Linux is gaining relevance. Ok some distributions might lose there relevance and disappear has this happened before yes. Should we expect this to happen in future yes.

In an era when you have the top tablet maker talking "Post PC" - linux didn't even reach that level of recognition in the first place.

Old business game change the market place. Linux is working perfectly change the market to suit it.

The shift to web apps only makes the problem worse as the linux desktop solves a problem that Microsoft solved a long time ago, and it does it in a more painful fashion.

Really MS did not solve it. Web apps is just another option.

Developers: Instead of working on this non winner, go build a web app that people will actually use and value.

Servers to support web apps are still required. Please don't forget this. Web apps still play into Linux strong points. This is all about changing the market to suit where Linux is strong and where Windows is weak.

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bfr99 Member since:
2007-03-15

In a market dominated by user interfaces from Apple, Android, and Html5/Javascript, spats between Gnome and Canonical are as relevant as the Beta/VCR debates.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

How android webos splashtop are just different forms of Linux. So Linux is gaining relevance. Ok some distributions might lose there relevance and disappear has this happened before yes. Should we expect this to happen in future yes.


He's clearly talking about traditional distributions and desktops.

Yes Linux powers Android, but does that really matter? What type of relevance is Linux gaining? Linux also powers my blu-ray player, does that confer benefits to some greater movement?

The Linux old-guard doesn't want to admit that their stalwarts (RMS, ESR) were wrong in some of their key assumptions. It's like a religion that refuses to accept reform and would rather die than admit that some of the founders were not actually prophets.

The open source holy war has been a giant mistake. MS and Apple would have more competition if the Linux movement had not been so hostile in its attitude towards proprietary software. That rigid open source ideology has merely served the interest of the largest proprietary companies. Linux needed parters of all types early on but the movement was arrogant and assumed hobby coders could do all the work.

As I said before the Linux desktop is back to being a hobby so this infighting is merely geek entertainment. Whether it has 5 or 500 desktops doesn't matter at this point.

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