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NewsForge: Why NewsForge hasn't written about Lindows

Dec 20, 2001, 23:25 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin 'Roblimo' Miller)
"I've been writing about Linux on the desktop and generally advocating increased Linux usability for non-technical people since 1997, but I am not going to write about LindowsOS quite yet. Or about Xandros or about any of the other unreleased "E-Z Linux" distributions that seems to be getting large quantities of "advance buzz" elsewhere. Sorry, folks, but I think we've already seen enough Linux vaporware to last at least 50 years, and Linux is only 10 years old.

Shall we talk about (commercial) Linux software companies that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on trade show displays before they had any products to show or sell? Most of those companies are gone now, as in bankrupt, because their products either never made it to market or were so disappointing that no one bought them.

Or shall we talk about promises of future software wonders that will make this or that possible that was never possible before? We don't need commercial, for-profit companies (or press releases) for that. In and among the many useful projects hosted on SourceForge.net , there are ruins of many that never took off or didn't even make it to the launching pad; that have only one developer listed; show no updates in the last year; and show few or even no downloads."

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