Surely the K5 crowd is smarter than this?
Open Source software has it's place. That's the enthusiast market. Big companies generally don't use OSS for servers because they DON'T CARE. They REALLY DON'T CARE. They just pay someone to deal with that area, and they pay so they DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT.
The K5 crowd, my group of friends, and even those icky /. people all enjoy playing with this stuff, coz thats what we like. We're like the Doctor, tinkering with the Tardis, always trying to get that extra bit of performance, or trying to do impractical stuff just for the nerd value.
At work (I work at a bank - don't hate me) I spend half the day telling and re-telling people how to attach a file to an email.
They complain they get messages about their inbox being full, so I tell them to save their attachments to d: drive, and they say "but I already saved it to <blah> folder," and I say "No, thats a folder within your LotusNotes, so your not freeing space, just moving stuff around." "But your just moving it to <foo> folder there, whats the difference?"
These people don't care. They can't even fathom Windows or a basic email client. Most of the pc using world is like this. OSS developers code for us, not for them.
I have a Linux server connected to my Win2k machine. I've also had a Wavelan card communicating wirelessly and seamlessly to another server (when Nemo could keep his box up and running :)
I love playing with this stuff, we all do. But they DON'T. And they have the money.
Open Source will not take over because NO ONE CARES. Linux has done very well, but it's not even close to being desktop OS for the masses. We love our Apache, our VNC, our Gnome, But they can't even pronounce Gnome! They have no chance of using it. Outlook confuses too many people, what chance does anything less have? (Less? that came out wrong, I meant less user friendly.)
If I see another bloody article talk about OS catching up to the proprietry stuff I'm gonna spew! "Almost at release 1.0" What the hell is that!
The mainstream closed stuff have had over twice as long establishing a consumer base, and because they get paid, they pay attention to what the masses want. OS developers give us what WE want. And whether we like it or not, we are a minority.
I wish I was trolling, this is depressing. I'm gonna get myself a cup of coffee.
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