This post is a response to a techrepublic post. You can read the full post here.
Unlike my usual fare, I’m going to cut to the chase and answer this question up front. The Chromebook (and it’s Linux-based Chromium OS) succeeds because it’s easy to use and it works. Simple. End of story.
Oh, but wait — it’s not really all that simple. There’s one additional point of interest, one that I’ve been harping on Linux distributions about for years. The Chromebook does one thing all other distributions do not…
Granted. Market is the only thing MOST of the GNU/Linux distros omit ( Just note that I said “most” not “all”). Except “Red hat”, “Ubuntu” and few others, rest of the GNU/Linux distros are not at all market oriented. But no doubt, they are great products. But why did they ignore the market? The answer is too simple – good products will neither target nor conquer the market. Market is the place where hypes and exaggerations rule. The GNU/Linux universe has a well built ecosystem and the users has a close awareness about it. So the target users will automatically get into the right distros, there is no need for a market study nor any kind of hypes. Take the example of Debian – they IGNORE the market as a whole. Their concern is not the market, it is stability, usability, security and so on. And so does MOST of the GNU/Linux distros. They have clear target users, and are not designed to conquer the market. Users do not mind the market.
The true GNU/Linux users and activists are observing the entry of Chromebook with a little fear and excitement. The reason for fear is that Chromebook is a Linux based product focused on market strategies and hypes. So values of FREEDOM may not be present in such a market oriented product. The reason for excitement is that lots of new users may come forward to use Chromebook and thus Linux and Open Source products will get into the limelight. Thus people will understand the power of FLOSS (Free / Libre and Open Source Software) products.
Plan a party. When we get a new version of Debian, it’s definitely a great occasion for celebration. Do Party hard. An important release update appeared in this mail which says Debian 7.0 – “Wheezy” is about to release on the weekend of 4th or 5th of May 2013. Now the development is in its final preparations for release. Ok, it is definitely a great news, I was eagerly awaiting this release to update my home computer. Lots of new packages and applications are included in the new version of Debian, detailed list is available here.
I Love Debian, why?
I am happy to hear this news, just because I love Debian. Its a great operating system with a good offline (DVD) repository. People like me, who do not have supersonic broadband connectivity, always like this. More than all of that, Debian gives you options, from which you have the freedom to choose. If you do not want freedom, there is option for that too , there is non-free packages also! And if you are too stubborn and do not compromise with your freedom, you can use the whole fresh world of Free / Libre and Open Source Software.
Just searching for an Android app for WordPress blog. To my surprise there was an app with gnu gpl v2 license. It’s so easy to manage a blog. Great ui and fine navigation, it’s really really great. From now on I can post while I travel
Have decided to print the next T-shirt – MEET OUR FOSS GANG. With the following logos. FFMpeg / Ubuntu / KDE / Debian / MySql / Suse / OpenOffice.org / Trisquel / Creative Commons / Blender / XFCE / Joomla / Tux / BSD devil / Mozilla / Wikimedia / GNU Head / Copy left / Larry the cow / Redhat / WordPress / Videolan / GIMP / Gnome / PostgreSql / GTK / Inkscape.
The caption will be either MEET OUR FOSS GANG or GNU/LINUX & FOSS GANG. Anyway your comments on the caption is always welcome.
This new T-shirt project is the continuation of the last T-shirt project which has got a huge success. For more details visit this page
DESIGN 1 – MEET OUR FOSS GANG
DESIGN 2 – GNU/LINUX & FOSS GANG
|The T-shirt Material thickness
||Double Coated Rubber Printing
||Medium / Large / XL
Want to book your T-Shirt? Simply comment on this page or just use the “Contact” page of the site with phone number and email id. Or just fill up the form attached below
FOSS T-SHIRT BOOKING FORM
Something is happening in http://www.ubuntu.com. In the previous time there was no clue at all. But now there is a clue about what is going to happen.
Tick, tock, tablet time! 03:27:48
I think it may be the brand new tablet runs on Ubuntu inside it. Whoa!
Let’s watch after 3.25 hours!