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Re: [SLUG] Is Linus killing Linux?
- To: simon@xxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Is Linus killing Linux?
- From: raster@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon Feb 19 11:19:02 2001
- Cc: dazza@xxxxxxxxxx, slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Reply-to: raster@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
On 19 Feb, Rev Simon Rumble scribbled:
-> On Mon, Feb 19, 2001 at 10:52:14AM +1100, DaZZa uttered:
-> > An interesting take on how the big boys see Linux developement.
-> > http://www.itnews.com.au/story.cfm?id=5450
-> "Some Linux solution providers view the constantly evolving process
-> of the posting of Linux libraries, patches, and updates to the
-> Internet as inefficient and cumbersome, Davison said."
-> Gee, it's worked until now and we have a good OS. What's the problem?
they want to release a product. they producs requires feature that is
beta and in development in version X of the kernel (or library or app)
for theirs to function - they cannot release until their dependancies
have been released - thus their cannot set schedules. their marketing
departments require to knwo when it will ship so they can brew brew
marketing jumbo ahead of time thats up to date with the product for
whne its due to be done. their sales departments need to knwo what to
tell customers when they want somehting - as to when it will be
available not just "some day when it gets done"
if you are a "hacker" you have the luxury of being able to say "when
its done" - many of you are in that position- even I am, but its not
how the real world works at all - if companies cant tell cusotmers when
things will be available so the customer knwos it will be and can
factor that into their plans - you will lose customers. that's a big
reaosn many comanies die - they cannot meet their ship dates and
customers go away and find someone who can meet their ship dates.
-> I think if the commercial world were to take Linux and make their own
-> "commercially driven" kernel, that'd be cool. Because of the GPL the
-> mainstream kernel could always plunder their good ideas.
they definitely could - but they migh thave to call it something other
than linux. i have always thought this would be a good idea. but its
not just the kernel - its the kenrel, libc, binutils, gcc, X, and the
gazillion other libs and programs that are required to get your box to
the point there you can move the mouse around point and click (or so
you can serve web pages or whatever) - it all becomes a big mess of
things you dont have control over when the next version will come out.
they have a good point.
IMHO there should be a non profit organisation thatis funded by all
companies using linux that people work for (probably the top developers
most likely) who just ork on improving things and rolling back changes
the commercial vendors make intoa central distribution of software
compnents so its kept organised.
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The Rasterman (Carsten Haitzler) raster@xxxxxxxxxxxxx raster@xxxxxxxxxxx