What's So Java About Sun's Linux Desktop?
Subject:   Another Linux Not A Bad Thing-- But...
Date:   2004-10-08 13:28:49
From:   glenpepicelli
I don't see another linux as definatly bad for Linux in general. However, if Sun makes their Linux wildly different in some way than there is a problem. They might take a page out of the Microsoft book and write tons of well received but non-standard object libraries for it. Perhaps it will just be so off the standard-- yes there is a sort of standard-- that it will be hard to recompile software for it. (I am suggesting they may do this intentionally).

The Author seems to be suggesting that open source developers don't care about meeting real business needs. This is totally false-- in most cases anyway. Developers want their software to be widely used and a sucess. They may not actually be on the phone with CIOs kissing up and asking "what do you want?" There is definatly a different culture. Open source developers have more creative freedom to do what they think is best. Some of them pretty much make mainstream stuff like the Eclipse IDE. Your boss isn't going to look at Eclipse and say "what the *$%#! is that?" On the other hand, if you install XEmacs you might find yourself in your bosses office trying to explain why you need a lisp system attached to your editor. It doesn't mean the developers of XEmacs think their software is pointless. It isn't it's just different. Or as your boss would say a new pro-active oriented paradym.
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  • Another Linux Not A Bad Thing-- But...
    2004-10-11 04:06:12  jwenting [View]

    most open source developers want their products widely used but don't want to take the steps needed to get people to use them.
    Instead of making their applications such that they are useful they bludgeon the population (who couldn't care less most of them and the rest are similar to those authors) with religious/political propaganda about how their application is superior to anything else for the simple fact that it's open source.

    Maybe if those people would get out of their ivory tower for a bit they'd notice that real users (rather than the few OS zealots they constantly hang out with on /. and similar sites) don't care one iota about the religious purity of a license model.
    They care about ease of use, return on investment, total cost of ownership and product stability (not just technical but also the question if the product will be in active maintenance 5 years from now let alone 5 months).

    Sun attempts to give some of that with their distribution, effectively placing their brand name (and with that endorsement of trust) on it might give people who don't want to have to deal with those religious zealots a central place to look for support.

    But apparently such reasoning is lost on you as it has been lost on the linux zealots for the last 10 years or so.