Linux Magazine: What Linux Needs -- Four Big Fallacies
Nov 04, 2000, 23:06 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Hammel)
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"First Big Fallacy: Linux Needs to Look and Act Like
This mistaken maxim has its roots in the business world, where
bosses think that if it's not Windows it must not work very well.
People hear this and think that the key to growing Linux on the
desktop is a unified graphical environment, with a single set of
API's for components and toolkits. This was true during the painful
early birth of desktop computing, but it's not anymore. ..."
"The Second Big Fallacy: Having Multiple Toolkits and
Environments Breaks Compatibility Across Distributions
Having different toolkits doesn't break compatibility across
different distributions so long as those distributions can support
those toolkits. Currently, that's not a big problem with Qt and
GTK+. Heck, it's not even a problem with Motif anymore. ..."
"The Third Big Fallacy: Microsoft is a Genius at
Catering to the Developer Community
Microsoft is a genius at convincing developers they need what
Microsoft has, but the company doesn't cater to anyone but itself.
As a developer, I can get more done with cscope, gdb, a few well
placed printfs, and hand written makefiles than most people get
done with integrated, graphical development environments. ..."
"The Fourth Big Fallacy: Linux Drivers Require Kernel
Device drivers intended for end user installation require kernel
recompiles for Linux because driver authors tend to like living on
the bleeding edge of kernel development. Youth loves a challenge.
Experience says "just make it work." The problem here isn't that
Microsoft Windows doesn't require kernel rebuilds -- it's that
Linux driver authors do. ..."