Leave the keys under the mat…

Greetings from my newly independent (and 100% open source) desk top. Linux is running fantastic, and it’s even fun. My 6 year old desk top runs like new with it’s completely open source brains. That said, I begin to wonder about the future of open source. With Google weighing in on the OS game, the idea that open source is the future is certainly appealing. There are some issues to contend with though.
Open software certainly has some things going for it. You get a basic and functional piece of software, as well the ability to customize to your own uses. There are tons of add-ons and extensions to make you OS or browser into what ever you want. The point is that you have tons of people trying to improve the basic functionality with the encouragement of software developer, to various degrees of success. However, you have to have at least a basic understanding of how the software works to even participate.
There’s a down side to openness. The small percentage of computer users who have embraced the open platforms have been playing nice. They’ve enjoyed a nearly nonexistent threat level for the same reason Mac users have. There simply aren’t enough out there to make a virus or worm worthwhile. However, as Mac found out not too long ago, the threat is still there.
Another thing I’ve discovered is that Firefox has some amazing extensions out there, and most of them are created by people in their spare time. One extension that I absolutely loved had lapsed out of date because the developer simply stopped working on it. As software evolves into newer versions, an effort needs to be made to make it easy for 3rd party developers to update their creations. Firefox does a great job of releasing beta and release candidate versions into the wild, and this tactic should work well for other open source systems. Android and Chrome haven’t been around long enough, and I’m too new to Linux, to know if they do the same.
In my field on employment Linux is quickly becoming the preferred OS. The reason being that it’s flexible, reliable, and totally adaptable. Open source evolves and changes very quickly to meet the needs of it’s users. However, in this era of IT overlords, the thought of having a constantly evolving OS to keep up with would give them night mares. They need need to know that when they finally do spend the millions of dollars to update the company’s computer infrastructure, that they won’t have to do it again for a few years. In thirteen years with my company, I’ve seen this update happen three times.
For open source to succeed as a movement it needs to be easy, rock solid reliable, constantly supported, and have today’s versions be relevant years down the road. This isn’t the kind of thing you can keep doing for free. My question is, do we want to become wide spread? I kind of like having a system that’s unique. My Window’s friends see me as an experimenter, while my Mac friends just don’t understand it at all.
It’s kind of like being a “Car Guy”, but with computers. I get to open up in it’s engine and tool around. It’s not for everybody. For that reason, there will always be Microsoft and Apple.

Advertisements

About faultcode113

I'm just a normal thirty something guy. Married with a house, tow cars, and one dog. I enjoy my work, but not always my job. I love to travel abroad, specifically the UK. I swear I was the tallest guy in Tokyo when I was there. I prefer reading to movies and tv. I prefer Sci-fi to most everything else. I feel it fits better as an escapist past time. I'm also a student of history. How can one learn from the past if they don't know anything about it? If this all seems rather random, it is. My life has been a series of free associations. I wouldn't have it any other way. If you like what I post, tell a friend. If you don't, tell a friend anyways. They might like it. FC113 View all posts by faultcode113

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: