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Stop Copying Windows?

Filed under: General Linux — at 9:10 am on Thursday, August 7, 2008

From InformationWeek I quote:

“Stop copying 2001 Windows. That’s not where the usability action is”

By this I think that Bob Sutor (VP of Open Source and Standards at IBM) meant that he didn’t want Linux developers to make a desktop OS. The article goes on to explain how he would like to see it further developments in Virtulization and making Linux more “green.” He believes that the Linux community has not done enough.

He’d like to see Linux take advantage of the small business market and help lower costs to businesses, but in order to do this “turnkey” applications have to be made that require little maintenance. I believe that small medium businesses can lower costs by running Linux technologies in the web applications market but not necessarily with desktop applications. Maybe this is something that should be leveraged? It would be hard to find open source developers that will work on a project that they have little interest in yet profits companies . But if an open source application became more mainstream then the developers would naturally follow as the application grew. Its sort of a catch 22. Who came first, the chicken or the egg?

Anyway, I thought it was an interesting article and I think that Bob Sutor should become an open source motivational speaker. Maybe IBM can fund a conference to get the Linux community to actually do something because they’re getting tired of waiting. I mean, how hard could it possibly be to motivate developers to create “turnkey business solutions” that will make IBM to ton of money?