Another Linuxers Opinion
Wow! I believe Mr. Current is very astute, and obviously has some perspective, thank you.
Some background: I work as the CIO for a small company that does accounting and taxes. I also work helping the poor and the homeless teaching job and computer skills. I am certainly not a novice, but not a programer either. I am a newbie to Linux having worked with Red Hat, Slackware, and purchasing Suse also.
Small business (and individuals) are hurting out there. They don't have thousands of dollars to pay for an OS that crashes all the time, and they don't have the thousands of dollars it takes to hire a consultant to install an operating system (Linux) that does work, but that they don't have the time/expertise to figure out and maintain.
I would add some coments to Mr. Current's opinion just from a marketing perspective. Marketing is not advertising, it is how the product is presented, where it is coming from, it's price point, etc.
What a great accomplishment. A stable, powerful operating system that actually works, and as Mr. Current mentioned, in only a few years. However I see it floundering because of our needs as individuals and businesses. We need to produce income in order to pay the bills. We live in a capatilistic society.
Without one focus, one standard, as it were we will not have enough vision to carry a product through so that it will be easily usable by society as a whole. If it is not easily usable as society as a whole then it will not be a major competitor in the market. Once again, we have a better product (see Beta vs. VHS) and insufficient marketing and focus.
Rather than have me rant on and on, how about some possible solutions?
1. The powerful and flexible Linux community could band together somehow, and back several major projects. One, education for users. Two, a more intuitive migration (or education) from other OS's to Linux. Unfortunately, we will have to humble ourselves, and not do what other large OS companies are doing, which is keeping the knowledge close to the vest.
2. I personally believe Mr. Current is also correct in that money is not evil, the love of it is. We all have to earn a living. Therefore, why not have members choose to back the company of their choice? Each user in the Linux community could somehow partner with a corporation (i.e. IBM, Novel, etc.) and help produce a product that small to mid size busnesses can afford? No corporation can afford to pour out huge sums of money over a long period of time without some benefit, I don't care how big they are. They have to be responsible to shareholders also. This would be one solution as it would create focus.
3. If this is too hard to swallow, then why not do what he suggests? Band together to create one standard organization (or back an existing one) to manage and make it cohesive, with one vision and direction?
Mr. Current is correct, I believe. If we could band together and not serve just our own interests we could compete with the existing predominate OS and really have something that many people can use. How exciting would that be!
Just trying to help.