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Old 04-16-2007, 08:46 AM   #1
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LXer: Thinking Past Platforms: the Next Challenge for Linux


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In myfirst SuitWatch Newsletter, on September 5, 2002, I wrote this:"A funny thing happened to Linux on the way to World Domination: it succeeded. That's the good news; the bad news is its success has hit a few hitches, and it's unclear how long those hitches will last."The biggest hitch— dominating PCs the way Linux has dominated servers and embedded devices— is still around, almost five years later. And it will remain a hitch as long as hardware OEMs continue to follow Microsoft rather than lead the marketplace.That's the gauntlet I threw down last Wednesday, inmy last SuitWatch. And now I'm throwing it down here. I want to challenge the big hardware OEMs— Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony and the rest of them— to break free of the only form factors Microsoft will let them make, and start leading the marketplace by making make cool, interesting, fun and useful stuff that isn't limited by any one company's catalog of possibilities. Stop making generic stuff. Grow greener grass beyond the Windows fences. Stop thinking of Linux as"generic" and"a commodity". Start looking at how building only Windows PCs forcesyou to make generic, commodity products.

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