Too Many Geeks, Too Much Choice

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Here we go again, around and around, what's old is new again, and all those other metaphors. TuxRadar asked if Linux and associated software are suffering from too many geeks doing their own thing? The discussion (d)evolved into another one of those "too much choice" topics and, of course, very few think Linux suffers from that.

One commenter said, "I think the slower and more painstaking approach of creating and getting adoption for open standards is the way forward, rather than trying to come up with unified frameworks in software that may restrict developers and disappoint users." Another agreed, "No to a unified desktop."

Ray Woods reminded users, "We've just seen the itch in action. Gnome bring out Gnome 3 with their shell and a lot of people get itching."

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Developers are not business men

A Linux operating system is a hobby at least as much as it is a working environment. That is so from the top down.

Developers, let's face it, know about code. They don't know or care about marketing. They don't look for opportunities for promoting and extending the reach of their products.

Compare them with someone like Mark Shuttleworth. He is looking past the desktop. Ubuntu has very early in its existence expanded to server use. It is at least looking at systems for portable devices and, now, television.

Hobby distros have to work hard at raising donations. They are often limited in terms of manpower. Any two distro leaders have at least 3 opinions about what should be done. Where are the vast majority of distros going? Nowhere that matters in practical terms.

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