"...For Linux to succeed on the desktop, the people who need to
like it don't care about open source or packages or GNU," writes
Volz. "All they want to know is that it works and that it's easy to
use. They don't want to be overwhelmed about options." (For full
story, see "Linux Is Too Much.")
"I put the question to Poole: Does Linux need to be slimmed
down? Poole, the co-founder and former chairman of Internet
services firm Vivid Studios prior to his work with Mandrakesoft,
doesn't think so."
"People said the same thing about the Internet in the early
days," he says. "They said the Internet should be streamlined, that
it was too much. Obviously, things need to be simple for users, but
I don't think restricting choice is really the answer."