Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Dec 2011 03:12 UTC
Editorial I was reading today about how Linux Mint developers altered the Banshee music player source code to redirect affiliate revenue from Amazon music orders to them instead of Banshee. They've reportedly made less than $4, which has caused a kerfluffle among those paying attention to that corner of the world. But it raises a larger point that has been swirling around for a couple of decades: an OS vendor has a lot of power to influence, and even monetize their user base. Where should they draw the line?
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WorknMan
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2005-11-13

I don't really question if you use any particular distribution. I question your experience and basis for providing a valid opinion on the subject.


My experience is having used several Linux distros in the past, and browsing through package managers with about 9,000,000 different apps, seeming to have every Linux app on the planet available..... except the one I happened to be looking for at that particular time. Then it's a matter of either having to beg the distro gods to add that particular app to the repository, or doing configure/make/make install and hoping it would work (which I usually had about a 50% success rate with).

I say no thanks. If somebody recommends a Linux app that is not in my distro repository (or it's several versions behind), you may call that market differentiation, but I call it fragmentation. Of course, I could go hunting for alternate apt sources or whatever, but hey... I'm not in high school anymore and don't have the time (or patience) for that shit. This is also why I don't screw with custom roms or bloatware anymore in Android. From now on, it's only Nexus phones for me. If Linux had a 'Nexus' distro, where hardware vendors and app developers who support Linux all used as a reference, I might be tempted to try it, but it doesn't.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I've yet to find any OS that does everything. It just depends on what type of grief your willing to accept in exchange for the distro specific benefits.


If somebody recommends a Linux app that is not in my distro repository (or it's several versions behind), you may call that market differentiation, but I call it fragmentation.


If the local Italian eatery doesn't serve Chinese food then it must be fragmentation of the resteraunt industry. The Italian and Chinese resteraunts should all merge into one mega-corporation owned by Toco Bell. It's the only way to solve the scourge of fragmentation and strife of choosing where to eat dinner tonight!

If the app is not in your distribution's repository but is in another's then that would seem to differentiate the two products based on what component parts they include. I'm pretty sure the VW Bug and Ford F150 don't include all the same component parts yet we don't claim that the auto industry is fragmented as a result. Turns out we simply choose the vehicle that better fits our needs.

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