WHOM is right :-)
Posted Nov 9, 2010 15:57 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: LPC: Life after X
Parent article: LPC: Life after X
The question is, build what's needed by WHOM?
Well, paying customers, obviously. Someone must pay for the development of the new hardware and software - and "he who pays the piper calls the tune".
You've had many, many people (myself included) state that what the users (us) want and need is the equivalent of today's network transparency features that X provides.
Sure. And there are many, many people who care about z80 programming on TI-84. Should we now think about z80 compatibility when we write USB drivers?
Yet many people here seem perfectly happy to ignore and pooh-pooh the users who really matter (those that we already have!) in some quest to obtain users that we don't have (those that use, and almost certainly will continue to use, Macs and Windows systems).
Huh? Where have you got this idea?
Fact: most Linux users don't care about network transparency at all.
Proof: more then 50 million Android phones were sold till now. There are less then 1.5 billions PCs in the world today so if we assume 3% of them are using Linux (typical estimate) we'll find out that there are more Android users then desktop Linux users.
"Traditional Linux users" who care about network transparency and other such things are fast becoming minority - and this is exactly why we are talking about "life after X" today.
We can, of course, say that we only care about ourselves and say that Android, ChromeOS, MeeGo and other such things are "not Linux" and "we don't care" - but it'll only mean that Linux will be left in dust and non-Linux (based on the same kernel!) will replace it.
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