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Irrelevant is the word, unfortunately

Irrelevant is the word, unfortunately

Posted Jun 2, 2014 20:06 UTC (Mon) by sramkrishna (guest, #72628)
In reply to: Irrelevant is the word, unfortunately by bojan
Parent article: Questioning corporate involvement in GNOME development

This is really difficult to do. The users themselves like this form of status quo. Any attempt to change all this would be met with complete hostility. Why people use free software desktops is a complex soup of reasons.

For instance, how would you feel if desktop projects decided that distributions should end packaging at the system level and that all apps instead go through a desktop project creating walled garden? This would of course would be very beneficial to application writers since they would have actual metrics on how popular their software is? Perhaps they could even have people purchase a support plan so that developers can continue to work on it?

The current system does not do a great job of supporting application writers so that they can make money off their work. Without a profit motive, I think it would be hard to see the free software desktop take off in any siginificant way.

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