On Mon, 5 Jul 2004, Paul Reilly wrote:
> you can't download it anymore. The companies which are releasing
> commercial desktop distro's are filling a niche which the community
> hasn't delivered on. By focussing on the little things like
> open/save dialogs, decent file system browser etc, they are making
> a Linux based desktop OS usable. I think the FOSS teams will get
> there in the end, but the companies will be leading the way, since
> they are more focussed on what the non-technical end user needs.
I'm just curious... where exactly did you get this idea that ("the
community" and "the FOSS teams") != "the companies"?
Go through the OpenOffice, GNOME, Linux kernel, etc.. CVS or BK
ChangeLogs/commit messages and you'll find many @sun.com,
@redhat.com, @suse.de, @ibm.com, @ximian.<whatever>, etc, email
addresses. For the remaining email addresses, with a bit of
investigation you will find that some of the people concerned still
are employed by those companies.
This thread has been an eye-opener. I'm amazed that people have the
impression that these corporates are busy sucking code from "the
community" and hiding it away in a corner, when the truth is that
these corporates are employing many of "the community" to work on
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