Comments on: 2008, Here We Come Linux. GNU. Freedom. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:04:15 +0000 hourly 1 By: Aaron Fri, 28 Dec 2007 23:33:07 +0000 @Sometimes- ...and what distro is that?

By: Sometimes Fri, 28 Dec 2007 23:31:34 +0000 "... I’m looking forward to the exciting new technologies coming up in the kernel, and what it will mean to Linux users ..."

Then you're on the wrong distro.

By: Pharao’s World - » 2007: Operating Systems Fri, 28 Dec 2007 20:41:34 +0000 [...] that was a big innovation? We got a tickless kernel. Something important? No. Interesting, yes. Aaron did a short review about this. There is no KDE4 - a so called “desktop revolution” - [...]

By: Aaron Fri, 28 Dec 2007 19:31:23 +0000 @troll- You're kind of missing the point of the post. The point isn't about what Linux can do for the end user, but rather, what Linux can bring to computing. This post wasn't written for the average user, nor was it written to see what Linux can do as far as market share. This post is highlighting the technical aspects of what we'll be seeing in the Linux kernel, not how my brother or your wife can take advantage of Linux.

However, with that said, seeing as though you brought it up, I'll defend it. With these technical advancements in the kernel, the end result is bring more and more people to Linux to solve "REAL life problems instead of nerdy curiosities".

With more advanced virtual machines on the Linux host, more solutions present itself for VMS hosting. Virtual machines mean less hardware accomplishing the same task, which means lower prices from retailers taking advantage of virtualization, which goes straight to the end user.

Increased wireless networking in Linux goes far beyond just notebooks. Everything from routers to cell phones, PDAs to laptops and embedded devices to dummy terminals can take advantage of WiFi in the Linux kernel. The more that we can be flexible on the backend as well and the forefront means that more people will either be directly or indirectly affected by the progress of wireless in the kernel.

Finally, solid state devices are here and now. They are the real deal, and we're seeing them in computers and laptops already. To say that the kernel taking advantage of a growing and current technology is a "nerdy curiosity" is naive. When users come to Linux, and want to know if a certain distro will write to their hybrid HDD before they switch, having the kernel already on top of the game will mean more users switching.

These are just examples of "REAL life problems" being solved because of the answer to the call by developers. We are the end users that are directly or indirectly affected by its progress. From what I can tell, it's not Open Source zealots that need to take their head out of their rear, but those who are ignoring the current state and progress of technology that need to get a grip and wake up.

By: troll Fri, 28 Dec 2007 18:27:02 +0000 Tbh Linus'es list of hot stuff is very technical and doesn't really excite average users at all. Kernels are not really what matters. Look at for instance Apple making a record with their stock price and selling everything better than ever and being loved so much that you'd think Jobs is the new Sunking - and all while using the badly aged BSD environment on some ancient microkernel.

What is still the most important thing for Linux is marketing. That does not really stand for advertising. Marketing is all about integrating the user needs and the product features. And uhh.. Frankly, most of the open source developers have no slightest clue who their users are, how they think, and what would delight them.

Targets that really would matter are for instance building the first actually usable and finished Telepathy client and get it into Gnome's core, giving Gimp a modern user interface and dynamic effect layers with chaining, plugging the way how Firefox leaks X11 pixmap cache memory (3.0 might do this?) , providing mp3/dvd/wmv/flash support out of box without any "these formats suck, watch your DVDs encoded OGG please" bullshit rethorics, giving OOo completely new ui (it's now some 10 years behind Microsoft Office in terms of usability.. just plain horrible piece of trash), modernizing the gnome start menu with integrated desktop search capabilities, better AD support, out-of-the-box AD replacement toolkit (which absolutely does not exist at this moment at all), ....

I mean, real stuff. To solve REAL life problems instead of nerdy curiosities. That is what 2008 should be like, many open source zealots taking their heads out of their asses for the first time and focusing on the correct and relevant things.