Just NOW fragmenting? Sure...
Posted Mar 9, 2006 16:15 UTC (Thu) by markhb
In reply to: Just NOW fragmenting? Sure...
Parent article: Linux fragmenting at last?
Furthermore I think it is often (but not necessarily) more secure for users to install software from an authenticated upstream repository as opposed to downloading and installing binary blobs from random websites.
"Random websites" are one thing, but what of off-the-shelf, shrinkwrapped software? I know you don't think much of proprietary software, but I for one know many people who use their computers regularly for World of Warcraft
, or Jumpstart 2nd Grade
, or Punch Home Design
, none of which I see as likely to be replaced by superior (or even equivalent) FLOSS alternatives in the near-to-midterm future. The lack of binary filesystem consistency is probably a major barrier to greater off-the-shelf availability, and the lack of Linux software on the shelves of Best Buy is yet another reason for home users to view Linux as "on the fringes" for their wants/needs.
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