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  • Jun 26, 2005
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  • I am glad you completely missed the point. My point was that Linux is not a company. But to respond to the two lines you could dispute...
    When Linux as a desktop GUI OS is as easy to setup and use as Firefox, I’m sure the temperature in hell will drop a degree or two.
    When was the last time you used a Linux Desktop env...which one was it?
    It’s an afterthought only inasmuch as a user never has to touch it if she doesn’t want/need/know how to. One click on the Terminal in the Dock, however, and I’m shell scripting bash with the best of them.
    The market that Apple is now going after is not you, the enthusiast... You only make up about 3-5% of the total computing market... The desktop is really about the consumer. The Mass market. This is what the Intel move was all you think the avg user that buys a Mac mini because its "cute" cares that it OSX sits on Unix...? They care about how cool it looks and how it acts. That was my point.
    dkdundas had this to say on Jun 26, 2005 Posts: 2
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  • You are wrong because LINUX IS NOT A COMPANY. Linux in itself is not a PRODUCT. Who do you buy Linux from...? When your Linux breaks who do you complain to...? Companies can take Linux and turn it into a PRODUCT, much the same way APPLE has taken Unix and FreeBSD into a PRDUCT. We seem to forget how lost Apple was without its fearless leader Jobs. If a company can flounder for that long without releasing a competitive PRODUCT, then how do you expect an open source PROJECT to when there is no financial incentive, or a real leader...? If people want to develop for KDE or develop for Gnome, that is their perogative. But a company that wants to make a PRODUCT will choose one and support it. Sensationalist bloggers and journalists continue to create this fictitious battle between Apple, Microsoft, and Linux. They are comparing apples to apples to oranges (no pun intended :). The parallels they draw are fundamentally flawed. And to do this, it clearly proves that they don't understand the open source business model. They don't even truly understand Apple's business model. Linux is merely an open source PROJECT just like many others; firefox, gaim, wordpress. Linux is part of a PRODUCT on the server side. Companies like Red Hat sells and supports a Linux PRODUCT. Linux appears in set top boxes, mp3 players, robots, cell phones, and hundreds of other devices. In these cases Linux is part of a PRODUCT. Until companies see the desktop as an opportunity to take Linux, improve it, become a competitor, and support that PRODUCT then Linux progress will remain in its current state, that is developers making improvements that are important to them. Companies are beginning to do create Linux desktop PRODUCTS. Redhat, Suse, Linspire, Xandros, Mandriva (or whatever they are calling themselves these days) are companies with Linux PRODUCT. They are building on top of the open source PROJECT. You should compare those companies to Apple and Microsoft. Don't take the easy way out and generally compare "Linux." I still don't think these companies' PRODUCTS are on par with Apples OS or Windows yet. But I will say this... when a company does produce a competitive Linux PRODUCT, Linux will be an afterthought, much the same way Unix is with your beloved OSX.
    dkdundas had this to say on Jun 26, 2005 Posts: 2
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