dgboles at gmail.com
Wed Dec 4 18:41:49 UTC 2013
On 12/4/2013 1:25 PM, Beartooth wrote:
> Recent exchanges here and in related places have reminded me
> strongly of long discussions held on RedHat lists fifteen or twenty years
> Was (now is) RH/F, and Linux generally, *for* all & sundry? Or
> was/is it essentially a plaything of the Alpha Plus Technoids? Which
> *should* it be?
> That distinction applied to shoes and ships and sealing wax, to
> cabbages and kings; i.e., all the way from designing new apps for GUI,
> for CLI only, or for some compromise -- to what sorts of posters and
> questions ought to be welcome or unwelcome on the public lists.
> I remember pointing out repeatedly that when the Baby Boomers
> began to retire, and cease to be bound to their employers' systems, some
> fraction of them would take up Linux -- and it wouldn't need a very big
> fraction of their numbers to make a substantial difference to Linux.
> To the best of my recollection, that issue never resolved into
> any consensus. RedHat changed its whole strategy, and suddenly many of us
> had far more urgent concerns than just the philosophic ones.
> By this time, at an informed guess, the Boomers must be retiring
> in spates and floods. My subjective impression is that I see more fellow
> retirees than before, but I can't guess numbers. Does anyone here have
> such numbers, or know of a source from whence to get them?
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