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Fork a kernel, kill an "OS" and revolutionize the desktop

Jul 26, 2007, 13:00 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Danijel Orsolic)

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"Linux kernel developers are normatively disconnected from the rest of the users, most of which are desktop users, the kind making up 90% of all computer users. Since they are not mostly governed by the companies whose interests are on the desktop it is logical that they will a lot of the time be oblivious to the needs of the ordinary desktop users.

"This is not because a desktop user does not have the freedom to participate. In a Free Software world we have the freedom, but we also have social and cultural norms which are often enough of an obstacle to healthy communication and cooperation. Some of those norms are beneficial, and some are quite hurtful."

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