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TheLinuxGurus.org: What Linux Really Needs To Survive

Mar 13, 2001, 05:25 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Culp)

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"I suppose I should clarify the above statement. I have been reading quite a bit lately on the imminent demise of Linux. News of falling stock prices, distributions cutting their U.S operations, the inherent (untrue) difficulty of installing, using and administering Linux has led many reporters to report that Linux cannot survive, it will dry up and blow away. Other reporters have even written off base articles stating what Linux needs to do to survive (well, more off base then this article). Many Linux users like to attribute this as FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) sponsored by Microsoft. As to whether Microsoft actually pays writers to write this dribble I do not know, but I want to add my two cents into the fray...."

"Linux needs a unified and standard user interface in order to survive. This is the argument that really boils my blood. The day that Linux gets locked into a standard look and feel user interface is the day I begin finding a new OS. One of the main reasons I and probably a majority of people use Linux is it gives you a lot of choices. If you do not like KDE for whatever reason I am perfectly fine with that choice, there are many other alternatives. In fact, I will often times use a different desktop and window manager on a daily basis just for a change, its refreshing. Once again, I think that this is one the great features and attractions of Linux, it holds something for just about anyone. You can run a highly customizable window manager with lots of wiz-bang features and eye candy or a very minimalistic window manager, its your choice. Your desktop and GUI interface are amazingly customizable to whatever you want. Contrary to popular belief you can run KDE apps on GNOME and GNOME apps on KDE, you just have to have the appropriate libraries installed, I do it all the time."

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