Like it or not...your cheese is being moved!
Well, sounds like the cheese is being moved. What are we going to do? Spend our energy telling everyone that moving the cheese is wrong? That's is the wrong direction? That's it's bad?
There are a few things that are the "Status Quo" today. They are:
#1 The "dot com" days are gone and never coming back to their insane levels.
#2 Customer support is big. Linux has none...save the rogue Red Hat's and Corel's out there. Customer service is what big and medium size corporations want and need. The Linux community (as awesum as it is) cannot provide them that.
#3 The browser war is over. Bill and Steve from Redmond. WA won the contest. They knew what the majority wanted...and they gave it to them. The rest of the arrogant, egotistical computing community didn't want their cheese moved, thought they had the only cheese available and when presented with a competing cheese, just kept saying "Our cheese is better", put blinders on and didn't step on the standardization bandwagon.
Opera browser. You know, the company that wanted it's browser to be CSS compliant so they hired the guy that wrote the specification.
What's that got to do with Linux, our browser problem and this editorial?
Their small, their talented, they have the best browser on the market and they have a Linux version.
"Their" browser still almost fits on a 3 1/2" floppy disk. Uh, ...yeah.
Mozilla, bloated? You bet. IE taking over the world? Faster than you can spell "George W".
Point our sites at Operasoftware.com. They may have what we're looking for.
Face it folks. Unless Linux has a breakthrough in the next 2 years, the thought of it becoming a serious contender to Windows is silly at best. Opera has the "bones" we can build around. Might we want to ask them to dinner?