[kwlug-disc] interesting piece on the power of open source
ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Tue Dec 1 16:03:31 EST 2009
I think hardware support is a red-herring. It used to be the Linux
excuse for why we don't do well on the desktop. I don't think hardware
support is appreciably worse in Linux 2.6.31 today than it is for
And yet, only 1% of desktop users are running a Linux desktop. And the
System76 people probably barely scratch out a corporate existence.
It must be something else.
I agree getting solid OEM support is important, but only to keep people
from having to futz with iso images to get the Linux they want.
On Tue, 2009-12-01 at 14:52 -0500, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 2:38 PM, Lori Paniak
> <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:
> > Under the hood, Apple OSX is just some BSD distro. What makes people
> > line up and pay big $$ for it? Whatever it is is in the missing 30%.
> Apple gets to focus all its testing and development effort on a known,
> small set of hardware. I think there's room for someone to take Linux
> and do the same.
> When Dell started shipping Ubuntu, I was hoping it would be part of
> that--using its clout with its hardware suppliers to wrest out decent
> drivers and contribute back to upstream. It doesn't appear to be doing
> that, but I still like the idea. Smaller players like System76 do
> about as good a job supporting Linux.
> The only way Linux has a hope in making a difference on the desktop is
> through OEMs pre-installing. I'm all for people wokring to get
> whatever OS they happen to like to work on their machine. That's
> great. But I don't think you can have any sort of realistic
> expectation of an operating system working on your crazy hardware if
> the hardware vendor doesn't support it. It's not Linux's fault you
> bought the wrong hardware.
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