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LinuxCon: the Good, the Bad, and the Nerdy

Sep 30, 2009, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charlie Schluting)

[ Thanks to Michael Hall for this link. ]

"The Linux Foundation has a clear and simple mission: 'to fuel the growth of the Linux platform.' While LinuxCon did contain many highly technical topics, the standard 'spread Linux' fanfare also permeated the atmosphere.

"Likewise, 'Linux on the Desktop' was, as always, a frequent topic. These days people seem to joke about it more than seriously promote it or work toward it. Theodore Tso cracked, 'I believe next year is the year of the Linux desktop, because the next year is always the year of the Linux desktop!'

"Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth gave the closing keynote and harped on developers for writing 20 percent of an application, verifying that other Linux geeks can figure out how to use it, and then calling it good. [Editor's note: To some controversy.] This largely summarizes the plight of the Linux world. Shiny things. Too often developers work on what interests them, and then move on instead of fixing what horror they (or others) have dumped upon the world. Case in point: how many Linux sound subsystems do we have?"

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