11 Jan 2001
(updated 12 Jan 2001 at 05:03 UTC) »
Not a very productive day.
Spent some time thinking about the recent Mac announcements
from MacWorld (I'm going tomorrow... I LOVE SAN
FRANCISCO!!!) and how they apply to Free Software.
The numbers break out to about 7.5% UNIX 7.5% Mac... the
rest Windoze. When OSX ships (of BSD with some proprietary
crap on top) this should bring a UNIX market of 15% (if you
don't consider the other... boring... non Free Unixes).
This should be a Good Thing. (don't have to explain why...
I am sure you will see :)..
It just bothers me that Apple is SOOO close to getting a
clue but they still don't see the light. I can't decide if
they decided to base on BSD because they are smart... or too
stupid to build their own OS. I think it is a safe bet to
assume they are stupid and choose BSD because they couldn't
figure out how to write a decent OS themselves.
This leads to why the CHROME (or Crystal... or whatever)
stuff is still proprietary. BSD/Darwin allows this. If
they based on Linux most of this stuff would also have to be
GPL. This 15% I mentioned before might not help us if
application developers don't code to Free APIs. Might be a
good idea to write an abstraction layer for all of this.
- Why do they charge users $30 for the MacOSX beta... can't
you just download it? dumb.
- Why do they only ship MacOSX for their own hardware?
Didn't they learn this mistake 10 years ago? stupid.
So again... are they just another stupid/evil company (like
Microsoft, SUN or Oracle) or are they actually *smart* but
haven't reached the point where they realize that
*everything* should be OSS :)
Good Zen quote:
"The best way to control your sheep is to let them roam