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Help Net Securtity: Three Interviews with Multitool Linux Authors

Sep 23, 2002, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mirko Zorz)

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From the Michael Schwarz interview:

"In your opinion, where does Linux need the most software development at the moment?

"Simple answer: 'It depends.' It depends upon what you want Linux to become. I remember the progression: 'It's a toy. No one will ever use it.' 'It's a niche OS. Unix programmers will use it to develop from home. No one will ever run anything on it in production.' 'It's a server OS. No one will ever use it on the desktop.' Well, I use it on the desktop. Many say it is in 'desktop friendliness' that 'Linux,' meaning Linux and all its associated software, needs the most work. I'm not so sure. Unless the Microsoft stranglehold on the OEM channel is well and truly broken, I'm not sure we need the bulk of developers working on desktop issues. I'd say that keeping up with hardware is a first, best effort. Standards compliance is always nice. Improving the printing infrastructure (which has always been a Unix problem) always helps, although great strides have been made lately. I hate to say it, but keeping up with .NET is important. If we want Linux to thrive, we have to interoperate with the operating system whose name shall remain Windows. Remember that the fact that Samba was a better NT than NT was a big part of Linux's uptake in IT shops. Otherwise, the natural interests of the programmers who work on Linux seem to do a good job of directing development efforts.

"Oh, yes. If you really want Linux to dominate the desktop, it has to run GAMES. The same 3D games as people go nuts over on the other platform. Now, do I think this is where we should go? No. If you want games, buy a PS2 or a Gamecube. Still..."

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