[Ilugc] Popularity of Windows
vinothv at gmail.com
Tue Oct 5 22:05:14 IST 2004
Its not about Open source contributors buddies. The magic of windows
lies in the OEM (Original Equipment Manufaturer). The smart guy
manages to make every product manufacturer make drivers for windows,
while they pay money to keep the 'Strategical Partnership' with
Microsoft. Apparently, its coz windows makes their product sell
better. And in most cases its true. Most ppl use windows, so if they
make driver for it its gonna sell better. When I buy something new
from the market, I am not sure if I may be able to use it with my
Linux, but I can be certain that it will work under windows.
The problem is the license. Most of them dont want to give away the
source code (they have every right to do so). Many have the wrong
impression that drivers got to be open source too. With LGPL and so
many variants of GPL, it is possible to release just the compiled
binaries. They could release binaries for just few popular distros,
and others can request for binary from their website. This kinda
concept needs to be given a push, but unfortunately the hard-core open
source enthusists wouldn't like it that way.
Good news is that, some manufaturers have started releasing drivers
for linux with their products. Esp in server side, its very common now
to get a SCSI adpater with rpm or deb package with it.
If more and more ppl start using Linux (which is the eventuality), the
manufacturers will be forced to give drivers that in turn makes linux
more popular. There cud be nothing stopping the linux at that time.
Open source is the way to go for a healthier, honest future.
At this point, however, the debate that which operating system is
better for desktop is still debatable.
One last point: Linux simply rocks!
"Common sense is not that common"
-- One fuckin smart guy
On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 06:03:36 +0530, Sriram Krishnan <ksriram at gmx.net> wrote:
> So if there is any
> authoritative article which would nail the point...please share it.
> Since I spend a lot of time convincing people in the other direction
> (basically I'm one of those stupid asses you referred to), let me share
> something with you. No article is ever going to convince anyone. Be it
> Windows supremacy or Linux supremacy, you have to be like Morpheus. You can
> only show them the door - its up to them to walk through it.
> One approach that may help is that instead of talking about the competitor
> and how the 'other guy' sucks, you'll be better off talking about why you
> rock and why your OS is amazing. This is something I've learned over time
> and has always helped me
> Let the flame wars begin :-)
> AKA Lazy ass
> I blog at http://www.dotnetjunkies.com/weblog/sriram
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