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  What's So Java About Sun's Linux Desktop?
Subject:   Another Linux Not A Bad Thing-- But...
Date:   2004-10-11 04:06:12
From:   jwenting
Response to: Another Linux Not A Bad Thing-- But...

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.