I need to keep up with this blog more, and actually pay attention to the moderation page for comments: finally found that tonight. Anyway, In case you don’t feel like scrolling all the way down to read the comments I’ve added, I’ll repeat some of what I’ve said before.
Yes, I am fully aware that there are other areas in the world that exist. For example, there’s Australia (and don’t mess with Aussies!), which is about as large as the continental U.S. There’s also Japan, which is known for technological innovation. There’s also the Netherlands, Germany, you get the picture…. I have one request. Please stop accusing me of being ethnocentric. I am not. My country is not better than any other country, and vice versa. All countries/nations have their pros and cons.
Next, comparing “nobody” companies to Dell makes zero sense? If you don’t want Linux systems that are easy to find on the website, then sure, it makes no sense. If you prefer Windows, that also makes no sense. If you are looking for a Linux box without installation of the system itself, then yes, it makes a lot of sense. The thing that gets me is that there are apparently those out there who do believe that Dell, HP/Compaq, Acer, and others are required for the success of Linux, which is absolute garbage!
If those who contribute and assist with software on a voluntary basis were able to bring a choice to the masses, then why can’t entrepreneurs do the same thing? Microsoft became such a problem today, because they became too large and too power hungry. What is happening in the FOSS arena is different: smaller companies are more effective, and might I add, efficient, than a few larger companies.
We were relying on Novell, and look what happened….