RIP: Community Linux (1991-2007)

The idea that Linux is primarily a community-based project based on the work of thousands of independent, idealist hackers died a quiet death at home on March 27.

What Steven (who loves Linux btw) writes in that article is all true. But instead of having painting it with that gloomy tone, he should be happy that Linux comes of age. I mean, is it really a coincidence that the first time that I feel that Linux could work for me is only when Ubuntu includes easily-installable proprietary software? I am sure that there are purists out there who despise non-Free software, and for these purists there are still a few [under-]developed geek distros to use. For the rest of us, the vast majority, Linux comes of age as far as I am concerned. And it’s a good thing.


billg wrote on March 29th, 2007 at 2:46 AM PST:

Agreed. There are two conflicting goals at play: One, make Linux a better OS and get people to use it. Two, demonstrate that a “community” can develop and manage a non-proprietary OS called Linux. You can’t maintain the “purity” of the latter and succeed at the former.

For almost everyone on the planet, the mixing of ideology and software development doesn’t make sense. For those people, avoiding proprietary drivers means “Linux doesn’t work.”

KCorax wrote on March 30th, 2007 at 7:29 AM PST:

I think that the main problem with asserting a statement like the title is that linux is a conglomerate of components. I certainly feel that the kernel can’t and shouldn’t be developed by a community that drives it towards it’s members’ short-sighted desires. Stuff like Gaim on the other hand is and propably should be so…

Basu wrote on April 1st, 2007 at 4:36 AM PST:

What I feel is most important is that Linux today can be both enterprise strength as well as an ultra-geek OS, depending on what the individual user wants.

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