Standardized Configuration. Since when is Linux supposed to be standard?
I remember once (it would seem not long ago) reading a very good article by Gual Duval of Mandrake about the cons of standardizing one GUI for Linux, like deja-vu reading this article brought me right back to that day like it was yesterday. Since it's infancy over a decade ago GNU/Linux has always been about 2 things Freedom and Flexibility. With a past being as such, it's no wonder any discussion of having a standard would be such a hot topic. The problem is in the several pages of Technical Jargon nowhere does it mention the wants of the user. The fact of the matter is the typical Linux user wants just about as much "Standardization" as old Bill wants to open up to the wonderful world of GNU soft. Big or small Linux will be what it always has been, mainly a community of disgruntled Windoze users who are tierd of being told how to do it. So Why, Oh Why after all of these years would we turn back the clock and sell out to a standard? To attract a few more of Bill's gurus that barely know the difference between the terms 'point' and 'click'? Anyone that thinks standardization is the secret to Windoze success has spent the last about 5 years looking through a one sided pane of glass, but for those of us that have actually followed the world of software know it is a sheer combination of unfair domination and clever marketing. With Linux (intentionally) missing these concepts it is hard to see how standardization will do little more than upset allready dedicated users. Where are we to ensure freedom in Linux if we don't do it right at the source?? Ask yourself this question, How does one sail freely down a river once it's source has been capped by a huge dam? This is essentially the same thing, is it not?
As for a standard in programming let us take a look at DirectX, a fine example of standardization if there ever was one. Once upon a time there were three ways to do things when it came to Windoze game programming, the right way, the wrong way and the ingenious way. Nowdays it's hard to find a game that doesn't make use of this handy little tool. While on the surface, this may seem like a easy convenient way to do things, this half-hazard way of marching all our young ambitious programmers down this same narrow worn path is dangerous. It is not only a matter of freedom, but this tunnelvision way of buisness stunts advancement and development of other potentially better ideas. Is this the path we really wish to set Linux down???
If anyone wants to devote their time and skill to a program to simplify Linux development or tools to help the new enthusiastic Linux user this would certainly be a worthwhile if not welcome project, but do me and my Linux box a favor, Let's leave the "Standardization" for the Windoze gurus.