October 20th, 2005, 06:40 PM
Linux vs. Windows vs. <generic OS> and Innovations
Maybe this could've gone in GCC or Cosmos but here goes... a thought that I was pondering on reading through the numerous /. articles regarding Linux and Windows mainly, but anything goes really.
How many of you believe that without the Microsoft domination and, in general, closed-source/proprietary things the movement of the Linux community [in terms of OS, but opensource at large] would be less intense [and by that I try to encompass both passion and tempo]?
It seems to me that Linux is a movement that started out counter to proprietary ideologies and is fueled by its desire to propagate and realize Linus' plan of "world domination" while all the while countering those 'evil' ideologies. Without something to react to, I suppose, it would slow down and lose some of its drive, maybe not to a halt but nonetheless, considerably. Linux itself drives other OS companies to push the envelope on their own products and so it's my belief that it benefits, indirectly, from the competition and the fact that closed, proprietary software exists.
Now I don't want to imply that all Linux coders are doing is duplicating closed-source apps and making them opensource, or that in any way Linux is less viable in certain conditions and it deserves any less praise than it does. As a matter of fact the success of it sprung no doubt from its technological abilities and not simply due to political/ideological reasons. I'm simply observing that the intensity and vigor of the Linux project[s] at large is drawing its energy a lot from this counter-proprietary reaction.
Anyway maybe more thoughts from me on this later, in the meantime, I'm curious about your opinions too.
October 21st, 2005, 09:49 PM
I think that due to microsoft's business ethics, they have lost their original followers to linux. Microsoft has alot to prove with vista. Since the release of xp many have migrated to linux. We must also realize that inorder to gain the lesser technologicaly inclined audience that linux needs to be able to have a much easier installation of the OS itself and programs. not many typical internet surfers and soccer moms are gonna know what driver they need for their machine or what commands are needed to install something as simple as AIM on their machines. Maybe if bill gates took his head out of his ass and had his developers work on something like a linux/windows kernel or the world might be a better place. But what do i know, im a 15 year-old who still has so much more to learn.
October 22nd, 2005, 12:49 AM
It is true that big-name distros are significantly simplifying the installation process with good hardware detection and substantial package repositories that do make it much more accessible for users to manage their system. Sure, when something's wrong, harder to fix for the average user than in Windows [maybe] but there's enough people that don't know what's going on with their computer as it is.