RunRev and Linux
richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Mon Apr 12 01:25:12 EDT 2010
On 12/04/2010 00:47, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> Peter Alcibiades wrote:
>> Here are a couple links, the first being the redoubtable Caitlyn
>> Martin, the
>> second Warren Woodford. These guys are serious people and should be
>> listened to:
>> The other is the case she does not mention, that of Warren Woodford of
>> Mepis who moved away a couple of years back
>> It makes no sense to 'standardize' on a distribution which is made
>> the way
>> Ubuntu is. By all means use it if that is what one likes. I have
>> against that. But this is not about what we like, its about what we
>> use for
>> standardization, and the whole concept of standardizing on something
>> is built new every six months out of someone else's experimental
>> makes no sense.
> Both authors make some good points, but even Ms. Martin notes:
> To whatever part of the general non-geek public is even aware of
> Linux the names "Linux" and "Ubuntu" are all but interchangeable.
> Markets are funny things.
Reminds me of a chap who came with his daughter to my school a couple
of years ago and said "But how can those
computers work without Windows?"
> Betamax was arguably a much better standard than VHS, and Mac arguably
> better than Windows. We saw how those worked out.
> And so it is with Ubunutu: While its historical development paths may
> raise some questions, the bottom line is that Ubuntu, warts and all,
> is the leading distro today.
> I didn't choose Ubuntu; the market chose it for me.
Yes, and an Operating System that loads from a ROM chip is probably
better than one that loads from a ferro-magnetic lump!
> I used to use Red Hat when I was starting out, then switched to SUSE
> for a while. I liked both of them well enough, but I simply don't have
> enough PCs lying around to install every major distro out there so I
> decided to adopt the one most folks were using.
> For a long time that was difficult to determine and often in flux, but
> in recent years Ubuntu has emerged as dominant on the desktop, and not
> without reason: By focusing on the end-user experience, they've made
> an OS that just about anyone can use without a manual. That's a BIG
> leap forward in a community that had historically earned for itself a
> reputation of appealing only to geeks.
> It's not my job to tell my customers which OS they should be using.
> My job is simply to deliver software products for the OS they already
I have tried that many times (but, hey, I have an abrasive personality)
and more often than not got the metaphorical
equivalent of a bloody nose.
> I don't personally care which distro any individual chooses, or
> whether they choose Mac, or Windows, or anything else. Diversity is
> good, it keeps competition healthy and maintains an efficient gene pool.
> But for my products and those of my clients, we've focused on Ubuntu
> as our primary Linux target because that's where most of our customers
> To the degree that they may favor a single distro in RunRev's offices,
> I suspect their thinking is similar. It simply isn't their choice to
> make, it's the market's.
This point is really the same as your earlier posting: why RunRev might
be putting more energy into R&D for Mac and
Win rather than Linux: we all know what puts bread and cheese on the table.
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