Linux desktop lacks innovation
Joel Bryan Juliano
joelbryan.juliano at gmail.com
Tue Dec 4 18:22:04 GMT 2007
On Nov 29, 2007 12:26 AM, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 28/11/2007, Joel Bryan Juliano <joelbryan.juliano at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Microsoft itself is not innocent regarding it's claims that Linux is
> That should be "its claims".
> > illegal.
> > Just recently Microsoft allowed illegitimized
> What does "illegitimized" mean?
> > copies of their "Banditware
> > Windows"
> What is "Banditware Windows"?
> > to bypass WPA activation in WIndows XP.
> > I remember a commercial about endangered animals, that when "the buying
> > stops, the killing too."
> > Microsoft itself allows it's clients
> That's "its clients".
> > to be bandits, illigitimate users of
> > it's banditware,
> > for Microsoft, making their clients as bandits
> > is important in their
> > business, because "When Piracy stops, so thus Microsoft too"..
> One full stop or three, not two. There are too many grammatical errors
> in there to try.
> > This only means that Linux is really catching up!
> It does?
> > As the old rule says, 20% of the entire Ubuntu users
> > make up the entire 80% of the Ubuntu popularity.
> What? This is a bizarre new application of the Pareto Principle, as
> far as I can see.
> > Hence, 80% of Canonical's earnings comes from the
> > 20% of it's users,
> "Its users". But anyway, what earnings? Canonical makes money from
> support contracts. A damned sight fewer than 20% of Ubuntu users take
> out those.
> > and 20% of Ubuntu developer's
> > efforts
> "Developers' efforts".
> > results to 80% of the OS's innovation and features.
> After rereading that three times... Where do you get that estimate
> from? Seems pretty wild to me.
> > The 20% (or the vital few) is what's really counts
> "What really counts".
> > and small vital efforts really results to big changes!
> Which efforts are those, then?
> > The more 20% there is, the faster the Linux market share grows!
> Er. What? You want lots of 20% groups, or a bigger-than-twenty percent
> group? Do you actually know?
> > I say, Hooray!
> Er, yes, good for you.
> I wouldn't normally bother carping on about bad grammar, but hey,
> given the number of people that gave me grief for their being unable
> to understand a perfectly grammatical, correct piece, why not?
> Joel, if English is not your native language, I'm sorry, I do not mean
> to mock. If it /is/ your native language, however, you should have
> paid more attention in school.
> The mangled punctuation and grammar aside, though, I still have no
> idea what you're actually getting at.
> Are you saying that the copy-protection on Windows is driving people
> towards Linux? If so, yes, I think so too, and I think that's great.
> The bloat, miserable performance and poor features of Vista is doing
> as much or more, though, I reckon, and that will continue. And of
> course Vista has WPA too, which can be triggered merely by upgrading a
> driver without any hardware changes.
> To which I say,
> Go Micros~1! More protection! More checks! More annoyances and grief
> for your users! Make them pay even more for your overpriced products!
> Because the more MS does this, the more people will be driven to the
> competition. And that's good news for Linux and *all* Windows' rival
> OSs, from Haiku to AROS to Mac OS X.
I used to think that big vendors like Microsoft had dominated all the
and there's no opportunities left for us "small young micro-ISV
I used to think that the more I support those companies, the less
potential opportunities I can have.
In a practical sense it is true, there's not enough market the big
have not covered, times are changing and it is not like before when an
allow you to easily cut-and-paste in OS/2 is big business. The market
is "learning" too much,
and is getting really mature, but the computer industry is much
intelligent and mature than
the market--and that changed my mind.
Open source business models can work, it's just hard, but it can work.
Key players of the open source market like Canonical, Red Hat and
Novell have inspired me,
and I think this kind of inspiration and their example will drive
people to provide innovation
in the Linux desktop.
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