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[4]: Mainstream success
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 8th Nov 2011 13:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Mainstream success"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, thanks for that long thread to read which only remotely talked about it seven replies down... You could have just linked to the one semi-relevant comment http://www.osnews.com/thread?493913.

In any case its not true. There is no "linux system" definition that anyone has defined. A more correct terminology would be "unix like system". Which is what I was getting at. Android is Open but not completely Free software ( as defined by FSF).

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RE[5]: Mainstream success
by shmerl on Tue 8th Nov 2011 17:03 in reply to "RE[4]: Mainstream success"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

I'm not talking just about definition, I'm talking about being selfish or sharing sucess, that's it. For me success of Linux means sharing it in the first place. Android doesn't share success, while using the kernel. That's not "success of Linux" for me.

Edited 2011-11-08 17:11 UTC

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

"Success of Linux" means sharing what exactly? Other things that are not Linux? What would sharing success look like?

I think the only valid criticism is that the Android branch of the linux kernel, isn't in in Linus's kernel.

I think what you're really getting at is, that Android is not GNU in color or hue. Which is a fine complaint, but there's no need to throw Linux under the bus. Android is a great Linux success, but a GNU Failure.

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