FreeBSD Kernel Internals Documentation
Walter Alejandro Iglesias
roquesor at gmail.com
Tue Jan 3 02:06:16 UTC 2012
On Mon, Jan 02, 2012 at 12:33:20PM -0700, Chad Perrin wrote:
> Ubuntu, actually, has thrown out the baby with the bathwater. In its
> zeal to make things "just work" in a particular manner, it seems
> hell-bent on ignoring all but one way to do things, even as it tries to
> dominate its entire market niche to the extent that it eclipses and
> marginalizes alternatives.
My two cents with other point of view:
OSs need popularity; it encourages hardware manufacturers to
write drivers and, even better, share the source. That makes
the existence of Ubuntu necessary for linux and indirectly to
To blame Bill or Steve and appeal to the freedom of users is
demagogy since the real dictator are the users themselves.
Unfortunately, average final user profile is nearer to my mother
in law (she obviously uses MS Windows) than people with
professional specific needs like you and me.
Negate or hide obvious FreeBSD (or Linux) limitations is the
same error than making look Ubuntu easier than it really is or
worse, make it look like something that it definitely is not.
New users feel fooled or betrayed, that's why some of them
reacts complaining. Anyway I don't feel confident enough to
assure if this is a good or bad marketing strategy. I remember,
in a very bad network curse I did some years ago, a young
classmate that after seeing for the first time the KDE desktop
disappointed exclaimed: But, It is like Windows!
I think the better strategy at long term is to be honest. Other
point to consider is that the statements done by who initiated
this thread are a "goal"; a goal does not need to be "possible"
to be useful; they are necessary like a projection, like an
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