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[News] Why Competition Inside GNU/Linux Inspires and Improves Quality

  • Subject: [News] Why Competition Inside GNU/Linux Inspires and Improves Quality
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 16:09:39 +0100
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Opinion: Competition vs cohesion

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| I want competition amongst my desktop 
| apps. I want Firefox and Chrome developers 
| battling each other to make their browsers 
| better. I want AbiWord to push forward 
| with a fast and light word processor, 
| making the OpenOffice.org folks realise 
| that they have to do something about the 
| bloat. I want a choice of music players, 
| text editors, and why not, even 
| calculators. This competition makes the 
| Linux desktop better for everybody.


What Do You Use?

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| It has become rather apparent that people 
| are desiring the ability to run software 
| designed for Windows or OSX on Linux. This 
| is double-edged sword. This will of course 
| give Linux an even more expanded library 
| of applications, and applications with 
| which people are familiar. The other side 
| of this is that it does not give 
| developers a reason to write native 
| software for Linux. If we continue on the 
| road toward Windows or OSX compatibility, 
| will it help or hurt Linux?



All Hail Our Benevolent Corporate Overlords

,----[ Quote ]
| After reading Electronics Manufacturers Use US
| Legal System to Thwart Hardware 'Hacks' I was
| all set to type a fiery response, but Linux
| Today readers beat me to it. In a nutshell,
| the tech industry is accelerating its attacks
| on our rights to do what we want with our own
| property.
| The article is full of revealing quotes from
| industry apologists, who all display an
| astonishing un-awareness of how asinine they
| sound. It was hard picking a winner, but I
| give the prize to Leander Kahney, author and
| editor, who says this is why Apple is so bent
| on micromanaging what its customers do with
| their own property:
|     "Apple is selling directly to consumers,
|     who aren't the best guardians of their own
|     self-interest. The open PC model works for
|     knowledgeable users who know what they are
|     doing and how to protect themselves, but
|     not so for 15-year-old fashionistas and
|     techno-phobic geriatrics," Kahney said. "A
|     measure of lockdown is exactly why Apple
|     is successful - it hides complexity while
|     ensuring a certain level of reliability
|     and stability. The vast majority of
|     Apple's customers are utterly unconcerned
|     - they could give two hoots that they
|     can't hack their devices."
| Isn't that special. The nice people at Apple
| are making sure that dumb kids and senile old
| people, and all the rest of us don't hurt
| ourselves, because we're too stupid to make
| our own decisions. Last time I was in Home
| Depot I saw high-powered welding machines,
| bandsaws, nailguns, great big heavy pieces of
| lumber, bottles of sulfuric acid and muriatic
| acid, pesticides, and many other scary
| dangerous products that anyone could buy.


Windows: Choice But No Choice

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| In the area of window managers Linux users
| are completely and totally spoiled rotten. We
| constantly debate the merits of one desktop
| environment/window manager over another. We
| argue over what programs are better than
| others, what versions of those programs we
| like over another and getting in world class
| pissing contests all the while crying about
| what we wish they would do better or
| differently. I wish Windows users had this
| problem, but they don't. Why? Because they
| have no choice.
| [...]
| We have gotten fat on the bounty of choices
| and drunk with the power of functionality
| they provide us. Go use a generic NT, 2000 or
| XP setup for a week and then try and tell me
| that KDE, GNOME, Xfce, Enlightenment etc. are
| really that much better or worse than each
| other. Because compared to the Microsoft
| window manager in any version of Windows, any
| Linux window manager blows it away.

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