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Commentary: the Linux Foundation and the future of Linux

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 199.184.122.7] on April 17, 2008 03:39 PM
This is the problem with Linux. Almost everyone involved thinks that Linux is a distribution, and the minute there is some news that isn't directly about their little bitty problem, they think that Linux is going to hell in a handbasket.

I know my remarks are about to become insensitive, but you have to look at the big picture.

If you your hardware isn't working with Linux, get different hardware. The guys who work on Linux and Linux applications aren't going to make sure YOUR k.v.m. problems don't happen, but rather that MOST hardware issues DON'T happen. Big difference. For that reason, its always been a good idea to stay one generation behind on the hardware front.

Also, if your hardware or app doesn't work right, there's a better than average chance that its the Distribution's fault, and not the Linux kernel. If you use different distributions on the same hardware with 'about' the same kernel rev., you may sometimes notice that the same thing will work better or worse from distribution to distribution. That's the fault of the distribution.

In the bulk of the cases, aren't most distributions obtained for free? Hmmm...you get what you pay for, huh?

So Linus is getting paid by big companies so that the Linux kernel works on big hardware. GREAT! A rising tide lifts all boats. If it works on big hardware, whatever you do, don't make a fork specifically so it will run on small stuff and a fork for big stuff. I want the ability to put Linux on either a little desktop or a big multi-way box. Without having to go out and buy the 'Enterprise' version.

Okay, maybe the k.v.m. might not work, but at least I won't get some message about 'kernel insufficient for this hardware'. I can work on the k.v.m. issues, or the wireless issues, or whatnot.

No, they don't care about your itty-bitty keyboard, wireless, GIMP, KDE/Gnome, or other App problems. They shouldn't. They should care that the kenel works when you try to install it on a system. Or that those apps will talk to the kernel as its running on those systems. Keep up the good work! I'm glad I can take the same disk I built a workstation with and put it in a server and expect that the kernel will work.

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