[linux-elitists] Re: GNOME > you
Karsten M. Self
Tue Jan 6 03:06:43 PST 2004
on Tue, Jan 06, 2004 at 09:01:36PM +1100, Michael Still (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> On Tue, 6 Jan 2004, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> Dude, this is open source. If there really is that big a problem with
> Gnome, then it will just go away, having looked up one day and discovered
> that it has no users. If you're wrong on the other hand, then in 10 years
> Gnome will be considered the ants pants, and Google users will be free to
> see how wrong you were.
The IMO false assumption here is that free software is now what it was
five or ten years ago: mostly the purvue of hobbyists and techies.
It's not. It's a multi-billion-dollar industry. All the big names in
tech are involved (some are for us, some are agin' us). There's
knock-down, drag-out fights, and there's going to be more. We're well
down in the low single digits on Microsoft's radar, and getting lower.
It's the Third Year of GNU/Linux On the Desktop, and maybe this will be
Point being that there are a lot of fingers in the pie. Some benign,
some not so. I'm not saying there's a huge conspiracy (and I'm not
saying there isn't). But this isn't the game it was five years ago. So
when I see things headed in a direction I'm not particularly pleased
with, and I see direct negative affects of same on _my_ desktop, I'm
going to take note. Before it's too late.
Karsten M. Self <email@example.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?
Remember Ed Curry! http://www.iwethey.org/ed_curry/
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