"history of Linux on the desktop"
Posted Nov 28, 2012 0:58 UTC (Wed) by louie
Parent article: Ubuntu on the Nexus 7
Linux on the tablet may repeat the history of Linux on the desktop.
To clarify, "Linux on the tablet, as provided by traditional Linux desktop vendors
, may repeat the history of Linux on the desktop." Linux on the tablet, as provided by Android/Google, appears to be doing just fine.
It would be worth unpacking "the history of Linux on the desktop" in this context. Does this mean market failure? Failure to address "regular" user needs? Duplication of effort? Failure to build healthy, self-sustaining hacker communities? Failure to advance some aspect of the Freedom agenda? Simply never having a "year of the Linux desktop"? Something else? I suppose it is a truism, but you have to understand the history before you can avoid repeating it.
(My suspicion is that once the problem is well understand, the solution in many cases might be "build a real development community around open Android code" rather than "try to shoehorn KDE/GNOME/Unity/$FLAVOR_OF_WEEK onto devices." But I could be wrong about that.)
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