[PLUG] Interview with Samba's Jeremy Allison

Vijay Patil vijay.patil at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 19:07:29 IST 2008

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 7:38 PM, Vishal Rao <vishalrao at gmail.com> wrote:
> "Ubuntu has the strongest chance to take Linux mainstream"  :-)
> See http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/-ubuntu-has-the-strongest-chance-to-take-linux-mainstream--486274


Whoever (Linux Distro) makes it easy for ISVs and developers in
general, to write, (test, install, update etc.) interesting
applications and make it easy for users to use computer
accessories/peripherals (printer, cable modem, camera, mobile phone,
web cam, projector etc.), will be able to penetrate market. Ordinary
users want to use an s/w application and get his work done
efficiently, they do not want to fall in love with any distro :-)

Not to mention support/buy in from computer manufacturers (See
www.dell.com/ubuntu )

Therefore I found following part (about how to make it easy to write
applications for all platforms) of the interview more interesting:

LXF: The nice thing about Ubuntu is that it's done what the Linux
Standards Base should have done and implemented a specification where
you can rely on certain things in the filesystem always being in the
same place, which must be pretty nice for a developer to work with.

JA: For development standards, the Linux Standards Base still isn't
useful enough because we're always on the bleeding edge. We need stuff
that's above and beyond what the LSB can standardise. We still have
the problems of having to test and configure for all sorts of
platforms including Solaris and others as well as Linux, so we can't
just do things for the Linux Standards Base. It would be marvellous if
we could, because it would make our lives a lot easier.

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Vijay Patil

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