Lindows.com and open source
michael at lindows.com
Mon Feb 11 14:06:39 CST 2002
>From: Claus Fischer ("claus.fischer at clausfischer.com)
>If the current license allows Lindows to make proprietary
>modifications and not give anything back, it certainly
>allows Codeweavers/whoever to make proprietary modifications
>and give back under LGPL.
>Those who don't want to even read LGPL code for reasons of
>'contamination' just shouldn't read it. You can't read Lindows
>Why should Codeweavers be morally pressured to contribute under a
>steal-me license when steal-it companies don't contribute at all?
Just to set the record straight.
Lindows.com has had a partner company producing the majority of our WINE
code. The vast majority of the code that came from that partnership is in
the public tree already.
Lindows.com has contributed code to open source projects. We have hired
open source companies (spending over 500K) to help us reach our goals with
the majority of the code going back to open source. Lindows.com has given
financial support to several open source initiatives (such as KDE).
Lindows.com has made significant investments in linux companies. All told,
we've spent about 2 million in the 5 months that we've been a company.
Linux (and all the other pieces) does 95% of what people want to do today,
but only has 1% market share. Our belief is that the code is largely not
the limiting factor for adoption now. It's all the pieces that go around
the code. It's education, it's marketing, it's lobbying, it's business
development, etc. These are big tasks which are critical to success, even
more so than the code itself (think AOL). I know this won't be a popular
thing to stay on a mailing list with "devel" in the title, but it's where
we believe linux is and what we believe needs to happen to get to the next
level. This doesn't mean the code isn't important, it is but there are
other critical elements.
We need Lindows.com and 10 more thriving companies to help with the expense
of educating, lobbying, marketing, etc. desktop solutions. It's expensive
to do those things and a burden that needs to be shared by several
companies because the job is so enormous and the competitor so strong. The
Linux community, especially the desktop community needs healthy ongoing
companies to put in capital, organization, and other support. If we can put
a few million more people running Linux on the desktop, then magical things
will happen. Drivers for linux will be available, higher quality linux
software will emerge, more OEMs will offer linux as an option, devices will
have linux interfaces, governments will view linux differently, etc.
There are some small, but meaningful for-profit companies out there today
in linux (such as codeweavers and transgaming). The more companies in the
linux desktop space there are, the more companies that will be able to pay
their rates on an ongoing basis and hire them to code great products.
There's tremendous opportunity and the more companies out there the better.
As for our marketing message, it's designed for my Grandma. Anytime there's
a word on the website she doesn't understand she calls me up. Try
explaining a recursive acronym to your Grandma. Yikes. Our goal with
Lindows.com is to bring Linux to the segment of the world who thinks linux
is spelled with a 'y' and is a small bobcat.
michael at lindows.com
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