Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Mar 31, 2012 19:55 UTC (Sat) by pboddie
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Of course, with things like "open-source priesthood" and "Now let the angry ad hominems from the Linux faithful commence..." it's a pretty strong feeling.
A pre-emptive cry of "ad hominem" to round off an article: perhaps the editors at The Economist are already on their Easter vacation. I hope this is the reason we get to read such substandard prose.
Although one can be disturbed by the trends in the evolution of GNU/Linux distributions, the chopping and changing of desktop strategy, the apparent lack of attention to tedious detail that only those with the resources and full-time staff can really be expected to pay serious and sustained attention to, and the apparent lack of strategy of the distributions in general, the situation isn't completely desperate.
The choice of distributions still gives people the chance to run the more conservative desktop environments with a wide range of packaged software available for them, and although the less conservative desktop environments may not seem particularly compelling replacements, I'm sure that broadly satisfactory choices will emerge eventually.
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