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Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 9, 2012 0:54 UTC (Fri) by bojan (subscriber, #14302)
In reply to: Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software by Zizzle
Parent article: Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Yeah, exactly.

And then there is a whinge in Aaron's blog entry about Android. Sure, there will be some GPL non-compliance (I guess folks need to press that issue with whoever is doing it - enforcement worked before). But, generally speaking, Android has done more for penetration of Linux than all other end user software running on Linux combined. There is half a billion Android devices out there!

Instead, Linux desktop is a highly fragmented effort, despite the existence of freedesktop.org. Instead of complaining about Android, maybe the correct course of action would be to attempt to unify all those efforts into one true Linux desktop. Maybe even embrace and extend Android to run on the desktop. I'm sure Google wouldn't mind if OEMs building phones and tablets for them built desktops and laptops running Android (or some community/Google produced hybrid) as well.


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Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 9, 2012 9:13 UTC (Fri) by cate (subscriber, #1359) [Link]

But check on the other side.

Many project ignore the reports (bugs, feature) of "Ubuntu user". We tend to ignore such reports because they are stupid.

Check also the bug reports of Android (and Google in general). There are many valid bugs (and IMHO simple bugs) that are never corrected. Now I don't write anymore bug report to Google and Android. Nobody cares.

So I'm happy when Linus and other prominent people rant: projects (and Google) will correct quicker some stupid errors, to advantage to all users (check e.g. the Linus' daughter laptop problem).

Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 9, 2012 21:02 UTC (Fri) by bojan (subscriber, #14302) [Link]

Yes, there are problems with Android as well, of course. I can tell you from personal experience, however, that 3 iterations of the Android I had on my phone all went from worse to better in pretty much all respects. So, something is getting done by someone, somewhere.


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