Again, Linux is not an OS
Dec 03, 2009, 13:34 (11 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to Daniel Memenode for
this link. ]
"In another article, "10 Things I Hate About Linux" at least two
reasons named have to do with there being too many choices, namely,
the user having to choose between all the good available distros
and the application vendor having to choose between those same
distros for full support.
"I agree these are issues if you look at Linux as a whole, or
rather, all Linux operating systems, as a single thing. If you do
that then this favorite "single" operating system of yours has a
terrible case of multiple personality disorder and has had it from
the beginning. This multiplicity is probably the one thing people
most complain about when talking about why Linux hasn't had as much
success on the desktop as some had hoped. Yet Linux advocates would
readily say that it's also its biggest strength. I no longer am
such a Linux advocate. I agree that an operating system which
doesn't have a coherent identity is ill poised for winning in the
market. This multiplicity is also the major source of all the
complexity that people find to be superfluous.
"But don't get me wrong. I am not siding with Tony Mobily's call
for one desktop environment or any other kind of panning down of
choice. Instead I'm calling for a different approach.
"This brings me back to something I wrote earlier this year:
Linux is not an OS."