The Other Issues
Of course, these larger issues do not even begin to cover all of the minor issues that need to be resolved before Linux hits the Big Time, including device support, an overall more responsive and fast windowing system, lack of big name applications like Microsoft Office (even Mac has Microsoft Office), or the Adobe Creative Suite. Not to mention lack of big name games. Not to mention a different, and also exposed, notion of libraries. Not to mention the plethora of branding applied to the community (distribution branding, flavor branding, etc). Not to mention the rapid-release cycle of new applications and updates. Not to mention the lack of a single entity to go complain to (people like to have targets). I am pretty sure I could continue this list. But I think we get the point.
It’s obvious that Linux is not ready for the Big Time. The reasons spelled out above, and by almost all of the articles on the web regarding this same topic, are fairly conclusive, even if only in an anecdotal sense. The common user is a picky creature, wanting certain things, expecting certain capabilities from their computer, and intolerant of that which does not provide per spec. Yet there exists a thriving Linux community, and somehow Linux is making its way into the public perspective.
In spite of all mentioned above, the real problem with Linux is not sound or GUIs or crash reports, but a much bigger one: we, as a Linux Community, don’t know where we want it to go. Many of us joined because we disliked Microsoft of Unix and wanted to beat them at their own game, which means taking over desktops and servers. We are at a time in the software’s life where we need to decide, what do we actually want? Do we still want simply to beat Microsoft and Unix? Stay tuned for Part Two of this series next week: Linux, Do We Want To Go Big Time?
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