[ubuntu-us-in] Linux Sucks | LinuxFest NW

Ben Crowe ben.crowe at gmail.com
Thu Apr 30 18:27:27 BST 2009

Keep in mind that Bryan's perspective is also from an open-source
developer's point-of-view. I'm sure you gathered that from the repeated
comments about how "developers need to eat".

Ben Crowe

On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 1:17 PM, David Ernst <david.ernst at davidernst.net>wrote:

> Thanks for the tip!  I watched a bit of the video and read all of the
> slides (took maybe 10 minutes).  good food for thought. A few quick
> comments:
> * The presentation should have been called "Desktop Linux Sucks",
>  since he doesn't talk about linux as a server, embedded OS, etc.,
>  commenting that Linux is basically a "Rock Star" in these areas.
> * even better, it should have been called "Why running Linux as your
>  Desktop OS sucks".  Much of what he's talking about isn't even Linux
>  or even GNU/Linux, it's wishing that there were better applications
>  for GNU/Linux.
> * His core belief seems to be that good quality software will require
>  major funding to develop.  It makes such intuitive sense, and yet,
>  how did we end up with such a Rock Star server OS?  I'm not at all
>  against money flowing, and I actually this we in the OS community
>  should encourage each other more to donate money to good projects.
>  But, I don't think it's as simple as he makes it out to be.
> * He's really in to standardization/homogenization.  For instance, he
>  names about 4 audio editing apps, as if this were an abomination.
>  He thinks if we all agreed on one, then it would get the funding and
>  therefore become great and "linux" wouldn't suck anymore.  I'm all
>  for better applications (and I agree that the commercial products
>  for commercial OSes are usually better in these categories), but I
>  am definitely not for homogenizing these things.  Something I love
>  about GNU/linux is that there's all sorts of free apps out there
>  with different strengths and weaknesses, and I can choose the one
>  that suits me the best.  I can dabble in it (and dabbling is all I
>  do in about 80% of the software that I use) and never worry about
>  having to pay for it.
> David
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 11:58:51AM -0400, benjamin wrote:
> >http://lunduke.com/?p=429
> >
> >
> >
> >Overall, this was a very good presentation detailing some of the
> challenges,
> >frustrations and shortcomings of GNU/Linux as a whole. While I don't agree
> >with 100% of what the presenter covers, I will say that the majority of it
> >is SPOT-ON! If you have the means, I highly recommend watching the vid.
> >
> >Be Well,
> >
> >Benjamin in Indy
> >
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