Booting Up

Posted by dave on Oct 1, 2004 9:00 PM EDT
Linux Magazine; By Martin Streicher
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While Perl's diversity makes "...easy things easy, and hard things possible", Linux's diversity makes "some things easy, and many things hard." Can I crank open the kernel code to port it to a new processor? Sure. Can I run two graphical user interface applications and expect the same look and feel and interaction style from each? Uh, maybe. Diversity is both a blessing and a curse. It fosters innovation, but stymies adoption. Encouraged in the wrong places -- for example, on the desktop -- it can even cause great confusion.

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