Red Herring (media
company covering innovation, technology and finance) recently carried a fascinating
interview of Eric Raymondself confessed gun nut, freedom fighter and of course
champion of open
source. The basic thought being
pushed is a simple oneif Linux is to stand any chance of dominating the next
OS war then it must change and time is running out. The battle for a hold on 64bit desktop users
will revolve around ease of use, interoperability and multimedia
compatability. Raymond predicts that the
major transition to 64bit will start closing in 2008 which doesnt leave much
time for the big players to establish a solid presence. We need to be prepared to go to the rights
holders for these proprietary codecs and say, well give you money, give us a
license, Raymond said. This is something that the Linux community has a huge
antipathy to doing because weve got all this idealism about open source. The approach towards end users must also
change, what it requires is really so much in change in technical approach,
theres a change in attitude; the community has to really believe that user
interface is important, and it has to really believe that certain non-technical
end users who are ignorant and want to remain ignorant, is important.
Ill be interested to see if easier to use distributions
aimed at an average user will start to appear.
Can Linux evolve?