On Wed, 19 Apr 2000, Brian Galbraith wrote:
purposes, we need the SuSe, Redhat Caldera input. The first rule of
business....give the customer what he wants. If Linux wants to succeed
there will have to be the products to get the customer. Debian do not seem
to be prepared to do this at present.
But you are missing the essence of Linux:
It's *NOT A PRODUCT* it's a community. The users are a part of this
community, the developers are, and the business are.
All equal, all working /together/ for the common good.
This is not a show for geeks....it's
a show for potential geeks.These people want product and technical
support....not an ideal...no matter how justified.
take away the ideals, and linux will crumble. This is why it's vital
that everyone involved understands the ideals, because they are what
sustain Linux and the general development around it.
If the business community ignores the ideals, and goes at it with the
attitudes you've detailed (Linux == Product. User == Customer,
Developer == Dogs Body, ie the same old shit) then i'm willing to bet
the Business community will find that in 5 years time there will be
no Linux 'Market' to make money from.
In short: Business *must* grasp the ideals, or else they will destroy
the very thing they are trying to make money from.
I don't think that debian merit a free stand......we are aiming for "world
domination". Put it another way...would you rather have a horse or a sports
car. (NOT performance related) A horse is environmentally friendly..the
purest form of transport...a sports car has all the bells and whistles.If
you don't want to be a minority intrest....you supply the goods.
you are assuming that the horse is of no interest to Sports Car
users. But in the case of Linux the Sports Car consists partly of
(directly or indirectly) Horses.
If you don't the feed the Horses, they'll die and you won't be able
to make Sport Cars anymore.
Paul Jakma paul at clubi.ie
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