Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 16, 2002 02:29 AM
But how does this really prevent freedom? What IS so corrupt about Lindows?
In a capitalist society, which wether any of us like it or not describes most of the world, every company's goal is to capitalize on their product. The idea is that when multiple companies capitalize against each other, they must either develope better technology or better price\licensing than the competitor.
Thats why the US government is trying to break down the MS monopoly: When only one company is around and locks in consumers, there is no competition to drive technology forward, and the whole point of capitalism is lost.
The Linux companies, or most of them, have bad coorperate strategies. They may have better technology, but if they can't produce profit, they can't expand. I do believe most of the profit potential is lost because there are so many of them, and they should consolodate. (Like what UnitedLinux is doing, which you people also shoot down.) The other way is to actually get people to pay for the product or service. Like paying for click'n'run. If they produce profit frmo that, they can fund developement of things like the kernel, glibc, x and other core components, improvements which due to the licensing MUST be returned to the community, and thats a good thing.
Also, if they can expand, they can get more software developers and hardware companies to support Lindows. Since Lindows is technically Linux, that means the hardware working on Lindows will also function on other Linux systems. Also, the software ought to work too. Software may need a little manual work, but look, every Linux program is a bitch to install already. (Thats why click'n'run is important, installing is like the #1 ease of use problem here.)
They may be trying to capitalize on it, but if they can produce good profit than they can survive periods of poor sales and can also expand the business when sales are doing okay. That also means they can fund OSS developemnt, like developement on Linux, GNU and XFree. (GNU being OS minus kernel, Xfree being the GFX display subsystem, Linux being the kernel attached the GNU OS.)
So even if you don't use software from the corrupt Lindows company, you can still profit from them profiting.