RH recommends using Windows? plus a Question!

nosp nosp at xades.com
Tue Nov 4 18:53:13 UTC 2003

On Tue, 2003-11-04 at 18:41, Gord Busse wrote:
> Finally I have a question... with the amount of Open Source developers
> on the planet, why has there not been a desktop Linux distro developed
> yet that equals or even surpasses Mac OS X in user friendliness,
> hardware support and software compatibility. I am sure that it is not
> due to a lack of developers. Sure, Apple has lots of developers that are
> being paid full-time, but I am sure that there are many times those
> developers working part-time on Linux. So even if Apple has 10,000 (just
> a guess) full time paid developers working on OS X, if there are 100,000
> (again just a guess) part-time hobby developers working on Linux... why
> hasn't Linux equaled or surpassed Mac OS X yet?

Probably because the two goals are different (ease-of-use versus use)
and the hardware problems of different scales (how much commodity
hardware is supported by OS X?).

That said I think both Apple and the open-source movement probably have
a lot fewer developers than you think...and there's also the
coordination and guidance that a company like Apple brings versus what
the open-source community has.  Not that FAOS is bad at all...

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