[Fsf-friends] Queries about FLOSS...
Imran William Smith
Wed Mar 31 01:58:42 IST 2004
On Thu, 4 Dec 2003, mayur m wrote:
> 1) There are so many versions of linux so how do the
> common people come to know what is best for them.
>>2)in linux community is there someone controls the
>>development and expansion of the open source free
>>fragmentation of linux like it happened in the past
The 'Linux Standards Base' by www.freestandards.org
aims to do that.
>>Secondly why is there no democratic body at the core
>>which oversees development of software in open source
Generally open source software is a meritocracy -
you get more votes or more influence on one particular
project by contributing more/better to the project.
It seems fair to me that Linus Torvalds has
much more influence in the future direction of Linux
than I have.
>>3)The companies supporting free software&open source
>>are supporting with what motives is quite
>>questionable. .Is it to bring down a monopoly or make
Theoretically, you cannot have a monopoly with open
source since the source code will always be available
to stop this. IBM and Novell know that a portion
of a large pie is better than most of a tiny crumb. So
they are both working aggresively to increase the size
of the pie (open source).
>>4)After the SCO case I think developers who develop
>>open source software and especially linux must come
>>together ,sit and decide that further such an event
>>does not happen.(it may not affect linux and open
>>source community but it does drive out companies who
>>are ready to embrace linux by bringing suspicion in
An increased awareness of copyright law, patent law,
fair use etc. is necessary for all software developers,
both open source and proprietary. Hopefully this
will be a positive outcome of SCO.
>>5) Why is everyone trying to make a new package
Diversity vs duplication of effort - you could argue
both ways. A Linux distribution is unlike a traditional
engineering project - it's easy to create a new one,
a few days' work, and a huge financial burden to keep
it alive. So, many people start distros then they
slowly die unless they can reach a critical mass.
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Imran William Smith
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