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Well it's been a disconcerting kind of week here in the Linux blogosphere, not least because of all the darn construction going on down at the Google+ Grill. First it was the hammering giving Linux Girl a headache. Then, on Wednesday, she walked in after lunch and could barely recognize the place. What is this interface sorcery, she wants to know? Then, of course, there was the retirement of Linux Girl's old friend, Maverick Meerkat, in the past few days as well. Alas, dear distro -- we hardly knew ye!
Is that REALLY so hard? the entire community argues over free as in beer VS freedom and whether it should be GPL V2 or V3 when both MSFT and Apple are curb stomping you and Google took your toy away from you and gave it to corps that lock the bootloader!
Win 8 IS gonna bomb, just as Vista before it, so here is your chance, want people to quit using the evil MSFT? Then give us something we can use! NO CLI, NO "fixes" you either give us an OS that WILL survive upgrade with 100% working drivers or you go the MSFT route and give us 10 years of updates. Quit the stupid DE wars, distro wars, incompatibilities, pick some standards and stick with them!
In the end retailers like me would LOVE to sell PCs with your product installed, but we can't. We can't because too much is broken and you waste time arguing over silly stuff like which free matters instead of chasing the devs with pirchforks and demanding they quit with the breakage! I can't give away lifetime support folks, and desktop users will not buy support contracts. So if you want me and every other retailer on the planet to carry your product cut out all the infighting and incompatibilities and mess and give us something that "just works". I have XP units that have been in the field nearly 10 fricking years and even after 3 service packs and countless patches they STILL "just work" but I can't even take a distro from even 4 years ago and upgrade it to current on 5 random machines without at least 3 of them coming out the other end with one or more drivers broken. FIX THIS.
Because otherwise you're never gonna be anything but a hobbyist OS and i have to agree with Barbara that "free equals broken" is how the public is gonna feel. I know that after 3 years of fighting Linux on my desktop and laptop I won't run it anywhere but a VM and I certainly can't offer it to my customers, because while you have beautiful DEs, tons of great software, it just won't survive long enough to be useful. maybe in 5 or 10 years that won't be the case, but I have a feeling by then all anyone will be using with be locked cell phones and tablets if you don't get out there and fight.