Posts Tagged ‘Linux’
This is a response to Heather Gold’s Microsoft = Christian, Apple = Jews.
Judaism is really Linux:
- There’s 100s of commands, most users don’t know half of them and don’t understand half of those.
- Maintenance can keep you busy from the second you open your eyes until the second you close them again.
- It doesn’t do marketing. If you want to buy in, you need to convince us that you’re good enough.
- Every user and his sister have their own customised version.
- At the core, its text based. Have a question? RTFM.
- Ok, we’ll give you a friendly interface (Ubuntu / Reform).
- You won’t believe the bizarre ideas people still have about us (no, I don’t speak Yiddish, and I don’t compile my own kernel).
- The vendors suck, but you can always rely on the community.
- Everybody copies our code.
- Arrogant? no, we’re just better. But sush. Don’t want to upset anyone, do we?
Open source is about freedom of choice and ownership. If people are free to choose, they are also free to make bad choices – such as running windows on their nice little low cost laptop.
The other side of the equation is, of course, they should be free to run the copy of OS they bought on any hardware they choose. To be honest, I’m not worried: a) I doubt it will hold in court. b) even if it will, it won’t hold in real life. Vendors will simply make it easy to upgrade machines after purchase. The only snag is the touch screen.
But the main scoop here shouldn’t be lost in the flurry of gossip: OLPC won. Remember Negraponte and Papert’s original claim? For years, computers have been getting more expensive when they should have been moving in the opposite direction. This was driven by producer agenda, not by user’s needs. If we want children worldwide to be a part of the global conversation and have access to the canon of human knowledge, we need to reverse the trend. When OLPC started is was a crazy dream. Now its a thriving market. And the more competition, the more options, the more flavours of hardware and software – the better for all.
So, Have we lost Linux to the dark side?
Of course not.
Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone. John Maynard Keynes
Sometimes, just sometimes, it works.