Jack Wallen:“What if the whole of Linux got together and finally realized that when one succeeds, we all succeed. The world especially those in and around the Microsoft camp have said for years that Linux would never succeed. What the Linux community as a whole needs to do is band together and prove them wrong. Now is the perfect time for that.”
see A house divided: Linux factions threaten success
This is, again, another rant along the lines of “fragmentation is killing FLOSS…”. It is based on the false premise that talent, energy and resources are diluted, preventing widespread adoption. This premise is false because it ignores the huge resources of the FLOSS community. There are millions of FLOSS developers and many more users, people creating documentation, training and promotion. The world is much larger than M$ and can create its own software with as much diversity as it can. The world can support/use dozens of distros. Fragmentation is a “red herring”, a distraction from the real problem, space on retail shelves. Each and every distro I have tried is certainly worthy of retail space and yet M$ and “partners” have systematically arranged exclusion.
That’s changing of course. Android/Linux now has lots of retail space and GNU/Linux has plenty in some regions like Brazil, but it’s far from global. Fragmentation has nothing to do with that problem. Governments should enforce their laws against illegal monopolization and exclusive dealing and GNU/Linux would get a good share of retail space. Already, most consumers know that FLOSS works. They have seen it or tried it on Android/Linux devices. Retailers too know that FLOSS sells and that other OS is gathering dust on their shelves. Now is the time to celebrate the success of the FLOSS community in building a diverse society in IT, not grumbling about diversity being a problem.
Don’t believe it? Look at the numbers. The folks, often “partners” of M$, who produce web stats on OS-usage, who only a few years ago quoted */Linux as less than 1% of page-views or unique IPs now show many regions with high usage of */Linux.
For USA and Canada which have wide access to IT and for which web stats might actually be meaningful showed up to 3% share on StatCounter. Canada showed more than 4%.
Walmart.com.br shows more GNU/Linux PCs for sale than Wintel. Their best-selling PC is a GNU/Linux desktop.
Germany, a mature market for IT, shows huge growth for GNU/Linux too.
That’s more than 3% per annum growth in share of installed base at a time when sales of PCs are down. GNU/Linux is not a house divided. It’s a house on fire, a thriving community tolerant and vigorous with diversity.