Concerning RH I know of a CEO citation which is harder than that
currently one can not make money with DEs - but this is not
Linux is much better than to be a cheap Unix replacement (while its
focus on small HW and HA has its merits) - and unfortunately it was
also responsible for pressure on incomes of people working in the
Ubuntu reached a lot - but unfortunately is currently using a
It grew communities and showed that even beginners can install a
Linux system ...
Give a beginner a Xubuntu CD/DVD/stick and one of another distro,
you _WILL_ see a difference (I like RH as administrator - but nor
as DE - this is also true for Fedora - and I try them - personal
taste, no need for flame war here ;-).
As long as Linux is not pre-installed reasonably and in large numbers
plus all specialized software is also available for Linux (current games,
tax software, ... you name it), world domination can not reached. :(
But it had been ripe for years - and it is currently much better
than everything from the proprietary world.
OS/2 2.x was better than Windows - it lost anyway - lack of OS/2-SW
was the main reason.
Linux can survive another 15 years without dominating DE - and we will
survive whatever DEs may be present.
But one day rivalling with Linux will be too expensive - even for a
monopolist - unless they misuse politics and law (patents, secure boot,
we will wait ...).
The desktop is and will be ready - just now it may not be possible
for the majority to switch 100% - this is the problem.
And RH is well advised to focus on servers and be ready for other
Well, Linus Torvalds comments showed the world that what GNOME3
presented was not adjustable to a professional workflow at least
as effitiently as GNOME2 was. This was a highlighted regression
report after those of others were neglected - and thus well
received by many people.
Maybe he loves GNOME 3 now - maybe KDE or XFCE.
It is interesting for many to hear - but it is not deceicive
for my opinion (only shows that I am not allone:).
The last passage is absolutely untrue - it may be correct in a
limited way - but look at the kernel. It was said one needs a
kernel for all special purposes - and Linux is quite good on
servers, desktop, tablet, phones, ... different CPUs ... and
still real time can be introduced by special patches which got
smaller in number (as the kernel took the parts which are not
problematic for other needs).
Good quality code takes time and is in need developers - and
Nothing new - true for kernel and DE work.
But missing options X provided before Linux even existed?
Those should be so problematic to implement - or negative
for other functionality/performance?
I don't buy that argument.
It burns down in the "our brand - our workflow - don't even change
themes" attitude. If you have a child, you will take care of it,
but has to release it to the world - in small steps. Similar for
a software project (especially which aims at being useful for
the mass - not for special purposes).
And this _is_ a social thing (back to the reason for the start of
the GNU project).
At least IMHO.
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