Linked by Allen Boyles on Mon 7th Nov 2011 09:46 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces In the commercial software world, user interfaces are generally designed by one group. Like Microsoft for Windows or Apple for Mac OS. Those desktop environments were designed by one company who did things like user testing and statistical analysis to try and make the desktop they thought would work best. Linux is different. Large groups definitely DO perform user testing and statistical analysis, but one group can also say "Here's what we want" and, if they have the ability to code it, their idea comes into being. It's pretty amazing, when you think about it. Linux lets people create what they want. If you don't like what's out there, fork it! Or start from scratch! You're in control!
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RE: Mainstream success
by shmerl on Tue 8th Nov 2011 00:06 UTC in reply to "Mainstream success"
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

I'd argue that Android can't be counted as success of Linux on mobile, because Android doesn't share that success with the rest of the Linux world at all.

Real mobile Linux systems like Meego, Mer/Nemo and so on are still way behind in maturity and adoption. They however can be counted as Linux on mobile.

Edited 2011-11-08 00:07 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

What is the difference between Meego and Android, as far as you are concerned? What is Android not giving back?

Can those differences really be used to categorize one a Linux system and the other not ?

Keep in mind, Linux is a kernel. It is not anything more or less.

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RE[3]: Mainstream success
by shmerl on Tue 8th Nov 2011 02:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Mainstream success"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

This was already discussed here at length:
http://www.osnews.com/thread?493825

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