[linux-audio-user] Great news for JACK & KDE

Daniel James daniel at mondodesigno.com
Mon Nov 24 05:34:28 EST 2003

> but if linux on desktop doesn't accomplish freebsd on desktop
> then we didn't really get anywhere.

I disagree. The resources of free software developers are finite, and 
yet the potential demand from users for diverse (and therefore 
difficult to support) configurations is great. The reason that Linux 
audio is becoming successful is that a number of developers have 
standardised their work around that kernel. Imagine if everyone on 
this list ran a different system, maybe Hurd or Darwin based - 
progress would be very hard.

The only free software system with a chance of breaking into the 
mainstream desktop market is a Linux based one, and that's by no 
means assured. So I see no point in supporting any other kernel for 
the time being.

Of course, some people don't care about the bigger picture, and are 
quite happy to use an operating system to their individual taste 
while 99% of the desktop market remains proprietary. The problem is 
that the dominance of the 99% can mean the free operating systems are 
prevented from running on the next generation of hardware somehow.


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