[oclug] Linux Leads or Follows?
rbrockway at opentrend.net
Sun Apr 8 17:53:50 EDT 2007
On Sat, 7 Apr 2007, miden wrote:
> Distant past.
Not really - the Internet is still with us. The commerical networks of
the 1980s are as dust. They all either went out of business or abandoned
their protocols in favour of TCP/IP. OSS innovation continues unabated
in Internet technologies.
> Wanting to answer some criticism here. As in "Why should I bother
> switching to something that is always behind the times? What can you do
> with it that you can't do with the big boys? Sooner? And don't give me
> any of that tree-hugging freedom stuff."
My response to the freedom statement is: "Freedom should always be
important. Ever wondered what it's like to live in a dictatorship? Data
stored on computers is now an essential part of the way government runs.
Handing control of that data to a small group with a vested interest is
No doubt some people think I'm being over the top. I hope they never find
out why I advocate open standards and open source so strongly.
> This is someone not interested in digging into the guts of it to get it
> working and doesn't mind paying for something new that works now. He
> also believes that 'the big boys' will always be ahead of Linux and
> Linux will always be playing catch-up.
I've felt for a while that some projects were simply playing catch up (KDE
is a prime example IMHO) but this is not true of OSS in general. Look at
the wide array of window managers and desktop environments avilable under
X and tell me that it's all emulating what someone else has done before.
Seen the ion window manager - it doesn't use the root window - that may
not sound like much but it is truly innovative. Network Transparency in X
is am amazing capability.
There is lots of innovation in OSS. To see this you need only compare OSS
tools and OSes to their commercial counterparts.
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