Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop
Posted Sep 12, 2012 21:25 UTC (Wed) by khim
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What is important is real techincal expertise and true dedication to the effort. In other words, a serious player.
Right. We need serious player which can herd the hardware vendors and pressure them to keep the platform whole.
Ok, suppose that we've got such player. Adobe, Facebook or may be AMD or Intel decided to become “real serious” about Linux. They find some billions to offer incentives to hardware vendors, they create large group which is supposed to develop the thing. Cool.
Now. They are real serious. They are big enough to push around tens of companies with total market capitalization measured in trillions and millions of employers (Samsung has over 300'000 employers, Foxconn has over million!). Great.
Now, why such a player will want to spent time and effort talking with “community” which can not do anything to it? It's significantly more logical to take what pieces you can from said community and send them packing. If you'll do that then you can seriously discuss release plans, there are no problems with leaks, etc.
Sure, you'll be losing support from said “community”, but we are talking about “serious player”, right?
And you'll succeed then community will come around, too: witness OPIE, Android, etc.
I never claimed secret development model was required or desired.
Secret is how “serious players” are doing things, sorry. If you have nothing to keep said “serious players” honest (for example ready-to-use platform which just need some relatively small push) then it'll be secret development first, code drop later. If code drop will happen at all.
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