Christophe wrote:t00fri wrote:Well, the part of my statement concerning OpenSource software is clearly independent of SuSE.
I just said that because SuSE is said to be one of the 'less free' among commercial Linux distributions (they don't use a free licence for their own developments for example).
Well I am actually not aware of much in this direction. For instance, they do a lot of XF86 server development, but you may always download the sources. Also they have shares in sound R&D, same situation here. Clearly they are also involved in definitely commercial business software, but this is separated from the Linux distribution.
t00fri wrote:But I agree with you, I have very bad feelings to see how the commercial efforts of the major LINUX distributors are /desintegrating/ the Linux community into different mutually incompatible camps! In that sense also the second part of my statement seems correct...
Developers spend much more time now (hi Christophe) to adapt multi platform code to various LINUX distributions because of this tendency.
I simply hate it but we cannot change it either....
Christophe wrote:I'm not that pessimistic, sure things are far from perfect but I think things are now converging - maybe because I think that it can't get any worse! X development has more or less stalled for 10 years, then things evolved very fast, it is now time for consolidation and the same thing goes for most components GCC, libc... I think we now have at least 2 years before the next major leap (QT4/KDE4 GTK3?). By the way inclusion of GCC 2.95 in SuSE really is an anachronism.
And who knows, maybe one day the LSB will be comprehensive enough to allow 'standard' RPMS distribution!
I said it once already and it is clearly visible in my lab with thousands of Windows PC's and /a lot/ of SuSE Linux Pc's : Linux is clearly loosing lately against XP. Even among us scientists to some extent. SuSE and all the other distributors have seen much better times. Mandrake went bancrupt...I am convinced that it is this
/antiunification/ of the UNIX idea for commercial reasons that is currently triggering this. Linux itself is better than it ever was. Performance, is certainly not the reason.