September 10, 2002

Tonight on the Linux Show: Linux desktops (we told you so)

Jeff Gerhardt writes: Tuesday, September 10th, 2002, from the home of Wayne's World, Aurora IL, tonight LIVE on : at 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.... Kevin Hill, Jeff Gerhardt, Doc
Searls (Linux Journal), Arne Flones and Russ Pavlicek; are back from their end of the summer vacation and have another great show lined up tonight on The Linux Show!! Eric Raymond will give us his two cents on Segment Two tonight.

Segment One- The News. We will cover THE HOT NEWS of the last few weeks tonight. In particular, we will talk about Linux Desktops (Red Hat finally jumps in), cool wireless/dsl stuff (special announcement) and Doc will tell us about his Gnomedex experience.

Segment Two- Have we reached the limit?- Has Linux gone as far as it can go?
Tonight we will be dicussing the core thesis of a theory that will be proposed in an article at Linux Journal in the next day or two. The essence of that thesis is that Linux has succeeded in becoming a part of basic infrastructure, that battle is already won. But, can Linux continue to grow, and more important allow businesses that are pushing the development of Linux to succeed, with the restraints put onto Linux (and thus the vendors) by the ridgidness of the GPL.

Tonight we propose the thesis that Linux and Open Source development surrounding Linux may grind to a halt, once we get beyond basic infrastructure issues. The cause is two-fold, the GPL itself, and our own damn community and our religious fervor in supporting free Beer and the GPL. Have we, the Linux Community damned a significant percentage of our vendors to mediocrity and even bankruptcy?

When you talk about that thing we all call The Linux Community we are only talking about a world wide hard core community of 70,000 to 100,000 people. There are lots of other users out there, in fact millions. They use Linux because of what it does, and because its cheap. Most of those \"others\" could give a damn about the GPL, until they look at linux and how it impacts the cash flow cycle of their businesses.

We learned a great deal a couple weeks ago having attended a few conferences. We will discuss those conferences tonight, and the opinions of how main stream IT percieves us Linux geeks. There is a new perception in the land of Linux, and most of that perception is based upon the GPL. We need to know about it, understand what it means, make changes accordingly; or be willing to accept the consequences of possibly becoming historically Irrelevant.

We have plenty of evidence to support this thesis. The question as a community is; are we willing to face the possiblity of the truth of this thesis?

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