Category: open source

Do you know what the problem with Linux is?

Some of the users.

For the 20th birthday of the Linux kernel, Microsoft have made a video wishing Linux happy birthday.

My first reaction to this? That’s pretty nice, at the end of the day, there’s no reason we can’t be friends just because of a difference of opinion on the best way to develop an operating system. In fact, I’m surprised Microsoft was relaxed enough to let this out, good on them.

The top comment on the Slashdot post about the video?

It begins with, “I read this as a slight against Linux…” and goes on to say..

I think the general philosophy that has clearly been reiterated by the Linux community is there is absolutely no room for trust in Microsoft. They are a convicted monopolist and have called upon everyone to view Linux as a cancer. They continue to use their patents to extort payment from large and small with bogus insubstantiated claims against Linux. They are the company that uses embrace extend extinguish. This animation represents the same underhanded intentions.

Do these people ever turn off?

Gobuntu, why?!?

Recently, a new flavour of Ubuntu was released, Gobuntu is completely open source and contains no proprietary code whatsoever, to appease users who want their Linux completly free, as in both free beer and free speech.

I think that this version of Ubuntu is completely pointless, and a waste of the valuable development time of talented individuals. Its a product of that unfortunate fundamentalism which arises from the use of Linux, you know the people, the ones who don’t won’t touch any driver that wasn’t put together by a single guy in his bedroom on Saturday mornings at half 4 with the aid of copious amounts of Red Bull and pop tarts.

Yes, some of the drivers and components of distros are not completly open source and are put together by companies who are in the business to, my god, shock horror!, make a profit. This is not something that should be discouraged or snobbishly ridiculed! Not in the slightest! These companies know what they’re at because they’re usually the ones who designed the hardware they’re coding for! And they’re releasing these usually top notch drivers for free so you can continue using your free operating system! There should be more of this, not less! Because, the key to Linux’s success in the desktop market is getting companies on our side and get rid of the myth that Linux is just for programmers and geeks. People angrily lashing out at these companies do much more harm than good, and give the Linux community a bad name as an elitist group.

Thats my opinion, now, without too many flames, whats yours?!