Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Dec 2014 19:40 UTC
Linux

I found this one via HackerNews - a 2003 article on what Linux needs for "world domination", written by Hugh Fisher.

If Linux is to achieve world domination, it must have One Frickin' User Interface (1FUI): a single user experience / interface behaviour and a single underlying UI toolkit API / widget set. World domination means putting Linux into corporations, schools, PDAs, and cell phones. This will only happen with 1FUI, and if this upsets the nerds, too bad. History clearly shows that if a platform/system offers a choice of user interfaces, the potential users will choose a different system.

It's almost 2015 now, and it turns out he was right. That "1FUI" is called whatever Android has, and it has made Linux the dominant player in the next big computer revolution. Linux does great in servers, embedded stuff, supercomputing, and utterly owns mobile computing (Apple people, the world is bigger than the US, UK, and Australia).

Linux didn't need a 'year of desktop Linux' after all.

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Android is Linux just as iOS is Unix
by phti on Sun 28th Dec 2014 21:51 UTC
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2012-06-02

just because it has a Linux-based kernel it doesn't mean it's Linux as intended by that 2003 article. It's a mobile OS that serves specific purposes (Google ad revenues first, and vendor/carrier commodity, giving them maximum freedom to load it with custom user interfaces and mixed crapware), the Linux kernel is there just because it was the easiest to implement and to customize.

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0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

just because it has a Linux-based kernel it doesn't mean it's Linux as intended by that 2003 article. It's a mobile OS that serves specific purposes (Google ad revenues first, and vendor/carrier commodity, giving them maximum freedom to load it with custom user interfaces and mixed crapware), the Linux kernel is there just because it was the easiest to implement and to customize.


Exactly. Linux has never been and never will be an OS. It's a kernel and that is all. Android is just another OS powered by the Linux kernel.

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agentj Member since:
2005-08-19

Yet there is no single mention of Linux in the Android's marketing materials ;) You have to use Search option and you will wind Linux in various places of developer documentation - which most phone users don't care about.

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