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Posted Apr 1, 2012 18:00 UTC (Sun) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
To a world where normal people have usable system and geeks have their toys?
Oh, you mean that it killed bunch of losers? Nope, I don't mourn them. They had their chance and squandered it.
All in all it'll be good outcome although I'm not sure Google will be able to pull it on desktop.
Posted Apr 1, 2012 18:07 UTC (Sun) by shmerl (guest, #65921)
Posted Apr 1, 2012 20:36 UTC (Sun) by alankila (subscriber, #47141)
Think about it: with money, you can hire developers, while at the same time you grow your own market share, which makes hardware vendors pay attention to you. At some point they are starting to do work for your behalf, because you are important enough to matter. Imagine this: a new GPU chip arrives and instead of spending a few years of pestering the vendor for specifications to write a driver with, the vendor contributes a driver on the same day the thing hits market. Everything becomes easier with market share, but without it, there's a risk of being squeezed out of the game entirely.
Posted Apr 1, 2012 21:46 UTC (Sun) by shmerl (guest, #65921)
Posted Apr 2, 2012 8:32 UTC (Mon) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
But again, KDE is a non profit, and directions are defined by the community.
I think you don't understand what “non profit” means. It looks like you perceive “non profit” as “someone altruistic who's fighting for the better future” and who's, obviously, “is not driven by money”.
Nothing can be further from truth! Here is an example of non-profit organisation. It precedes KDE, GNOME and Mozilla and deals with commercial interests all the time.
Nonprofit just means that participants are not planning to ever withdraw profits. They are supposed to be used to further pursue the goal of given non-profit. In a lot of cases these goals are better served when non-profit cooperates with some other for-profit entities - and when you do that you must think about market, about 90% of people just don't care about software in this sort of way, etc.
Posted Apr 2, 2012 16:33 UTC (Mon) by shmerl (guest, #65921)
Posted Apr 5, 2012 13:34 UTC (Thu) by alankila (subscriber, #47141)
To use an analogy: Bioware used to make great games for over a decade, founded by people who were evidently very passionate about gaming, until EA bought them and apparently destroyed the company and its values from inside. No matter: I think that the world is still better for Bioware's existence, even if it never again made another good game.
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