AK Dave wrote:The blogger wants to hack on linux for his laundry list of perceived failings, but it all rolls back to one root problem for everything on his list:
lack of vendor support for "desktop linux"
There is no single company out there actually championing, promoting, pushing, advertising, selling, a desktop linux.
Everything else spills out from there. His whole laundry list of perceived failings. Everything he says is wrong, bad, or self-defeatist about "desktop linux" all comes down to the fact that there is no multi-billionaire backer. If you think about it, thats not a problem at all.
Conclusion: blogger is just whining.
Actually, the desktop is well covered and is "sold". It is simply that those outside the corporate arena will not pay the $80 to $300+ for the support package. RHELD is very much available for long term version stability reaching out to 10 years, if desired. Or, one can roll in the updates, as they come. Their desktop is also optimized for work - Gnome and KDE polished, modified, optimized - so that either can be chosen and one has the same visual image with either. Whoa, hold on Linuxheads.
Novell SLED is a 5 yr. offering and it is sold, advertised and "pushed". Mandriva is also pushed, advertised and sold. Turbolinux was also.
The contention that there is no entity pushing the Linux desktop is not true. There are also numerous companies selling boxes preloaded with Linux. You can get a Dell with the latest RH. Their Ubuntu is reserved for mini-boxes. RH and Novell SLED are available in HP boxes. Emperor Linux has been selling Linux laptops for years. Lenovo will load up something Linux for the business side, if requested.
"Vendor" support is a frequent lament but who is it providing increasing support to the kernel? Is Intel a vendor? IBM? AMD/ATI? etc. Someone (vendors) is bloating up the kernel. IBM certainly supported the kernel boss with financial largesse.
The server side draws the attention because the commercial entities have a fudiciary responsiblity to make a profit for stockholders.
The desktop side, in a commercial sense, is hampered largely by one thing and one thing only. I'll put it like this - how many Mint downloaders have actually "paid" by contribution for that download? How many of Linux downloaders in general have actually coughed up the cash for a desktop/laptop preloaded with Linux? Fact is, most folk buying a several thousand $ laptops or a pricey desktop will not buy Linux. When the Macs took up Darwin, air brushed it and sold it, many Linux developers bought Macs.
Now, I am speaking primarily of the situation in the US. THE EC, of course, the European guardian of things pertaining to the marketing of bits & bytes, likely has vendors selling hardware with nothing but Linux loaded. Am I correct? The EC which seeks to destroy Sun with its obviously suborned interests has a market for hardware preloaded with Linux - 95%, 90%? What is it? The EC which favors tiny Opera from Norway and demands that MS remove its browser even though Opera can be loaded into Windows, used freely and also be the default browser? What is the situation for hardware preloaded in EC boxes? (Incidentally, I have nothing against Opera and have used their premium email service for sometime.)
Most Linuxheads, for some mysterious reason, always neglect to consider the obvious fact that "markets" are not entirely controlled by the marketers, but large markets are also much influenced by the consumer. When the average klutz buys a box, the likelihood is there that they may need support. It takes an enormous amount of money to maintain a support department. The OEMs are generally responsible for supporting MS software. That is true of any OS. Support at Mint forum support - free. That is a choice is it not? Do you suppose that a corporation with its fiduciary responsibilities can rely upon iffy free support forums?
Linux is sold as support, which is the issue. Since the cheapest desktop support package (RH) is $80/annum, extended to say 5 years, the "software" thus has a cost of $400. That is a bargain since it includes unlimited support incidents with a 2-day response guarantee. (RH would have to define that). Now,that is how Linux is marketed on the desktop. The only reason there are continuing complaints about "availability" is because Linuxheads generally will not cough up the loot. Just ask Clem. Or Husse. And Mint apparently has more generous supporters than normal.
Incidentally, if someone really wanted to encourage the spread of Linux on the desktop - I mean really - the forum would never respond to questions pertaining to dual booting.
I mean when you give away everything - then it's free as in beer. Who is it that actually encourages folk to avoid commercial Linux? The Community!
Now, Ubuntu bashing is quite common here of late. So U-bashers, If Canonical had to provide support for each Ubuntu release - how much money would they make? Long run? They are making zilch now. Zero plus zero equals - say it, go ahead - ZERO. How does Redhat make money on their releases? They only sell suppport. How do they make money? Is it because all IT folk are stupid and need support? They send a superior product out which requires minimal support. And, every support incident is regarded as a sales opportunity.
Now hold on, Linuxheads. Here's my verdict - Linux on the desktop sells like books detailing the intricacies of the Linux kernel. You can scream Free and Open all day, but how many have actually perused the Kernel code? Recently, a Debian developer found that a high percentage of the code in his newly assigned development area was not actually licensed properly and had been allowed into the distro contrary to the distro rules of admission.
Linux on the desktop is a non-issue. And, if there is an issue, it is that Linuxheads will not cough up the cash. Put another way - "If you build it - they still won't come".
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