There is no competition. Linux is not interested to compete. Linux is developed for those who develop it. The opportunity to use it elsewhere is collateral.
Microsoft is prosecuting war on Linux? Well of course they do because Linux is going to kick their ass big time - but not in a sense of competition, rather in the sense of bringing them down to knees and kicking them in the nads with a wermaght boot.
But tell me, what's this war like? Are they going to come to my home and erase my Linux filesystems? Is Linux going to be outlawed? Will I get abducted one day? No.
There are two sides of the bridge. Microsoft doesnt want the people to cross it but once they do it cant do anything. Unfortunately, according to my personal observation, only a tiny fraction of Linux freshmen are interested in experimenting, discovering and contributing. The majority wants free as in beer Windows (see
you know where to find it), and a certain part of those wants to feel l33t. It is true. The effects of the "Hackers" movie, the most pathetic attempt of lame people to look cool, is still on. People still do speak in l33t, packet each other and indicate general stupidity.
I say, we have enough of an userbase and we really should have a feature freeze. My native linux related IRC channel which once used to be a private meeting place of rather intelligent lifeforms (hosting one or two celebrities), now is full with people who come up with questions "How do I install theme in x windows!!!", "I wanna to change resolution in gnome", "I can not find the printer folder", "can ne1 help my modem doesnt work", "algueno hablas espanol?", "does mandrake 9 support mp3 & kazaa" and such. There is maybe one or two clued newbies out of each 200 visitors. They are coincidentally the people who annoy the developers with demands and "ur prog is broken" bug reports and then proceed to brag about "community values" and do the penis size thing on /.
There is "community", there is community and there is core community. The core community wouldnt give a fuck. They hack. The community wouldn't give a fuck either, because they hack too. Everyone else is just whining. And all the holy wars and crusades are exactly that. Whining.
The benefits of free software are obvious. Anyone who steps on them, on purpose or occasionally, will not refuse them. Everyone else.. who needs them? What the story of those marketing OS Linux for free to people they will never see? What -good- does it serve, god dammit? More people with winduhs background who don't RTFM.
Stay focused on the hack. Earplugs are provided courtesy Clue.
<spanisman> you are really a dork and I'm going to complaint against you in the undernet society for you to get lost the op status
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