Desktop Linux? Stick a Fork in It!
It’s over. The magic is gone. The dream is dead. The egg has fallen off the wall and no amount of “sudo” super glue can put his pieces back together again.
I’m referring, of course, to the not-so-recent departure of Con Kolivas from the Linux kernel development community. Con – that champion of all things desktop centric – hung-up his keyboard this summer, the victim of an ideological rift within the Linux community.
On one side, you have Linus Torvalds and his true Linux “geekerati” underlings. These guys are mostly concerned with promoting Linux within the enterprise – i.e. Projects involving lots of parallel CPUs, massive storage and high-end TPC results. On the other side you have guys like Con who made it their mission to bring Linux on par with Windows and Mac OS X in the desktop arena. Things like smooth playback of digital content and better memory management for interactive users are what fuel their inner Linux fires.
Con stood out from this crowd because he did more than just complain about the jittery video and sluggish virtual memory behavior of Linux. He actually went out and wrote patches.