"If we were already talking to our computers, etc. as we should
be, I wouldn't feel a need to write this to you. Given current
rates of progress, Linux still seems a generation away from being
the priceless piece of free software useful to every child and PhD.
This army your kernel enables now has millions of people, but they
are not working efficiently. My mail one year ago
(http://keithcu.com/wordpress/?p=272) listed the biggest workitems,
but I realize now I should have focused on one. In a sentence, I
have discovered and "proved" that we need GC lingua franca(s). Some
may say this is inappropriate here, but I want to get the
information into this public record. I studied a lot of
inefficiency issues in the free software movement. Science moves at
demographic speed when knowledge is not being reused among the
existing scientists. The kernel team provides code and leadership,
you have influence and the responsibility to lead the rest who are
like wandering ants.
"Windows is not the biggest problem, it is the proprietary
licensing model that has infected computing, and science.
Increasing desktop Linux use will send a stronger signal to the
rest of the scientists to use and write free software. Every Linux
success builds momentum, but the desktop serves as a powerful daily
reminder of the scientific tradition. Driverless cars expert
Sebastian Thrun calls his team's code "secret sauce", and this
thinking prevents the creation of a place for scientific knowledge
to accumulate. If every computer Thrun saw ran the Linux kernel, he
would think differently about the code his tiny team is producing.
Even Android on phones and tablets is apparently not enough. The
biotech world is also currently filled with proprietary
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