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View Poll Results: Distribution of the Year
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 34 1.36%
Fedora 235 9.38%
Mandrakelinux 145 5.79%
Slackware 477 19.05%
Suse 330 13.18%
Debian 265 10.58%
Knoppix 19 0.76%
Gentoo 225 8.99%
MEPIS 73 2.92%
Ubuntu 488 19.49%
Novell Linux Desktop 6 0.24%
Xandros 14 0.56%
Linspire 18 0.72%
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Old 05-25-2006, 11:48 PM   #346
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Actually Linux distros in general have come a LONG way, from a cryptic rather obscure way of installing them, to be even easier and faster to install than Microsoft's latest OSes... Which proves how mature (in that area at least) Tux has become. The advent of easier set up tools like Anaconda and others has made things like these possible, only good things can come off this, and as Linux gathers momentum, at a slow, but sure pace, regardless of the distribution you particularly use, it's a good thing, as we'll be using Linux. This doesn't mean any other OS is not a fine product (like OS X), but it simply shows that there is market for Linux and that can only mean increased support for both applications and devices.
 
Old 05-26-2006, 01:44 AM   #347
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Thetargos
... but it simply shows that there is market for Linux and that can only mean increased support for both applications and devices.
I don't know why exactly, but the word market in
the context of OpenSource products still makes
me cringe ... :}


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Old 05-26-2006, 03:18 AM   #348
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tinkster
I don't know why exactly, but the word market in
the context of OpenSource products still makes
me cringe ... :}


Cheers,
Tink
Well, whether we like it or not, there is market even with OpenSource... however the scope is different than with proprietary... I for one do believe in mixed environment where open and closed source programs coexist in "harmony". The thing is that with OSS the user has the last word. There will still be markets. Either be it hardware or specialized software for a particular task that is of no interest for the "general public". OSS runs on hardware, and as such it [hardware] must be acquired. As of late there seems to be an agreement with software and hardware providers to perpetuate a cycle of software and hardware renewal, which is fine, but the problem is that there is no recycling of old hardware program. Or not that could be evident.

The fact that the userbase is expanding means there are marketing oportunities in Open Source, but there are challenges for anyone willing to compete in this area comercially: These users are more concious and aware than the "normal" users, and yet this userbase is expanding... Which means only smart products will attract these smart people. Take the immense success the iPod has been for Apple, not only for thier own users, but "foreign" too. Even on officially unsupported platforms like Linux and BSD, there are quite a bit of them who own an iPod... Which ultimately means business for Apple. The fact that there's market, doesn't necessarily imply there's going to be sales or that the users will simply buy anything thrown at them... I choose to believe that we, OSS users, are a smart market. And yes, there are business opportunities, if marketed correctly and fairly.

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Old 06-16-2006, 09:52 AM   #349
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