Excellent article about Linux's biggest problem: https://hackaday.com/2019/10/31/linuxs-marketing-problem/
The current Linux ecosystem would confusing af for anyone starting in 2019. I started in 1997, I had a book, 2 Slackware CD-ROMs and that was it. Now we have systems far superior than the proprietary equivalents but also carry around all this nerd shit from the past. This nerd shit is actively pushing people away.
Just look at how Pop!_OS went from "oh it's just an icon theme for Ubuntu" to "OMG, this is the best shit ever" in a matter of months. System76 doesn't only ship computers, they ship complete systems with an OS that has to be usable and appealing. This involves the work of product designers, community managers and the like. For some reason, Canonical always have stayed a touch too nerdy, maybe because they don't sell computers?
@strider If Pop ever has the number of users and shipping devices Ubuntu has, maybe they'll get too nerdy. Turns out being popular means accommodating a wide range of user types. Also, having a long history of those users means change is not as easy as for a very new distro.
@strider @popey Hello 🙂 I've recently taken on the role as Director of Engineering for Ubuntu Desktop; a role I would not have considered if I believed (for a moment) that the Ubuntu Desktop was at risk of being deprioritised. Ubuntu Desktop is a profit centre for Canonical 💰 and I intend to increase our market share as a pre-installed OS on tier 1 hardware vendor devices 💪 Something our hardware partners are also asking for.
@Wimpy @popey I didn't mean in any way that the Ubuntu desktop is bad. Pop has a few differences but for the most part both desktops are equally solid. Both represent a fully fledged product that is so much more polished than what is usually available in the Open source world. Really hope to see Ubuntu ship on more devices!
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