[Beowulf] OS for 64 bit AMD
landman at scalableinformatics.com
Mon Apr 4 14:27:05 EDT 2005
Robert G. Brown wrote:
> I've been following your discussion with great interest, as you both
> make excellent points. Let me add a few comments.
> b) 90% of this discussion is occurring because vendors of commercial
> linux software don't understand the concept of linux packaging and
> participating in a dynamic process. This is neither here nor there --
> it doesn't get Joe off his hook -- but it is an apropos observation
> because if companies that sold software (open source or not) actually
> learned how to build for linux and participate in the various
> distribution forums a lot of this problem would go away.
Oddly enough I don't see myself on "a hook" (metaphorically or otherwise).
What I do see is quite simple, though I am not going to discuss it in
this forum, as I finally figured out that we are all rehashing the great
vi vs emacs war (or pick your favorite religious battle). Call this the
great distro war, or whatever. The point is that there are ways that
large swaths of people work which is incompatible with arguments from
either side, and never the twain shall meet. I see this all the time,
as do others as indicated from the comments here. There are large
swaths of users who decry with great vehmenance any closed source system
whatsoever. There are large swaths of users who eschew anything without
a support contract attached to it.
Rather than respond to the rest of RGB's post (how is it you have
managed to clone yourself and produce so much text in short intervals of
time???) I am for the most part backing away from a public discussion of
this. I see little value in the overall discussion, as the likelyhood
of a user in one swatch changing their mind to become a user in the
other swath is quite unlikely.
There is one point that is worth noting, and that is that business users
tend to look at things quite a bit differently than academic users, and
companies like mine have to straddle this particular fence as we have
customers in both camps. We do have our biases, and we are always
willing to listen to other points of view, but in the end, the users
need to decide what is the correct mode of operation for them. Our
customers tell us what they want and we work with them based on that.
Joseph Landman, Ph.D
Founder and CEO
Scalable Informatics LLC,
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