[clug-talk] Could this be the year?
gustin at echostar.ca
Tue Jun 16 13:13:04 PDT 2009
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Dafydd Crosby wrote:
> By your logic, then, the year that Red Hat IPO'd was the year of the
> Linux desktop, since the corporate media was happy to report the bundles
> of cash they made :-P
> Most media outlets are for-profit, and they generate revenue by fielding
> advertisers. Microsoft will happily spend billions to flood the market
> for ads, garnering appeal by presenting cash. Payola isn't just a radio
> thing, it's a media thing. "If you give me money, I think you're
> awesome." Sad to say, most open-source projects do not make nearly
> enough to pay for 30 second spots on the television. IBM had that ad
> campaign a few years ago, but they weren't selling Linux, they were
> selling IBM. Until there's a monetary interest for the media, the
> mainstream nightly news won't care one iota. At most, you'll be lucky to
> get a mention on a CBC-sponsored blog - and even then, it's only because
> they feel they should in order to be 'balanced'.
> This isn't supposed to be a sour post, but a reflection on the realities
> of the market. Until some Linux company starts coughing up cash
> promoting Linux on the level of Microsoft and Apple, the mainstream will
> only be concerned about Microsoft and Apple.
I do not see how this is at all important. Linux and Open Source are
everywhere, from powering Facebook and Twitter, to running your TiVo.
Increasingly the "Desktop" is becoming irrelevant so to worry about the
fictional "Year of the Linux Desktop" is a waste of time IMO.
Most people I know are using Firefox on Windows, and to me this is a
huge win for Open Source. Remember, Open Source is not just about Linux.
There are so many other things to worry about, like software patents,
copyright reform, Apple, the list goes on.
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