Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Mar 31, 2012 11:31 UTC (Sat) by rich0
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I want a Linux platform, where I can go to the Adobe website and just download flash "for Linux" and have it work
What is "Linux"? Linux is just a kernel. Surely you're not proposing that a single package of Flash is going to work on an Android phone, a Tivo from 1998, and a dashboard GPS unit?
You can already download flash for some particular version of some particular distro, just as you can download flash for Windows v7.
Your real issue with the linux desktop world is fragmentation - tons of distros, and each changes too quickly. Windows releases about 3 versions per decade, and most distros release 3 versions per year. Windows 7 will probably run calc.exe from windows 3.0 (which didn't even have process isolation for windows apps).
The problem is that most of us FOSS types like it that way too much. Linux distros scratch our itches. Chances are I won't like the distro you want to run, so I'm not going to help maintain it. Instead, I'll help maintain the distro I like, and thus there will never be one. There is no unified goal in FOSS - just a loose confederation of shared interests that shift.
Will Linux ever succeed on the desktop? Meh, for me it already has. If you don't want to use it, then don't. :)
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