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Think about it for a moment.

If there was some type of fund dedicated to make a certain Linux OS to get better support, would it be worth it? I think about a kickstarter for Linux almost all the time and the possibilities that can follow.

Not sure if this has been pitched before but I just want to know what you guys think.
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The Linux kernel itself is already funded heavily by major corporations and the community. Distributions like Ubuntu and Fedora are also well funded by companies like Canonical and Red Hat. I don't think Kickstarter is something that would apply to Linux itself as a platform.

Linux struggling on the desktop space doesn't mean it isn't well supported. It's just that the desktop space is just really difficult. There's so many different hardware configurations to support. And in a market dominated by Windows, it's hard to get attention from major software developers like Adobe. That issue isn't something that needs additional funding. It's just a matter of Linux's market share on the desktop. When it gets big enough that it's finally a significant force, is when we'll start seeing commercial software applications being ported.
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The Linux kernel itself is already funded heavily by major corporations and the community. Distributions like Ubuntu and Fedora are also well funded by companies like Canonical and Red Hat. I don't think Kickstarter is something that would apply to Linux itself as a platform.
Linux struggling on the desktop space doesn't mean it isn't well supported. It's just that the desktop space is just really difficult. There's so many different hardware configurations to support. And in a market dominated by Windows, it's hard to get attention from major software developers like Adobe. That issue isn't something that needs additional funding. It's just a matter of Linux's market share on the desktop. When it gets big enough that it's finally a significant force, is when we'll start seeing commercial software applications being ported.


yeah well...I just really want to see it explode haha. rolleyes.gif
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Pretty sure that it is against Kickstarter's TOS. Also, every distro has ways that you can help fund them so this is kind of a moot idea.

If there was some way to actually get projects/distros attention/funding outside of the community it would be great. Really, I've shown people or had people notice my Linux setups and they're like "how can I do that with windows" or slightly depressing "is that a mac?". It's strange that as soon as Linux is mentioned they either get turned off on hearing the name or by the fact that you have to explain it to them.
     
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It's strange that as soon as Linux is mentioned they either get turned off on hearing the name or by the fact that you have to explain it to them.

I hate that! I absolutely hate that mentality! Why can't people just use their brain for a minute and stop being so lazy? Thats one of the reasons why I started my own company to get the people pay attention and listen and to stop being so oblivious and ignorant.
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Pretty sure that it is against Kickstarter's TOS. Also, every distro has ways that you can help fund them so this is kind of a moot idea.

If there was some way to actually get projects/distros attention/funding outside of the community it would be great. Really, I've shown people or had people notice my Linux setups and they're like "how can I do that with windows" or slightly depressing "is that a mac?". It's strange that as soon as Linux is mentioned they either get turned off on hearing the name or by the fact that you have to explain it to them.

You must have a rather exotic setup if people stop and ask you about it.
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You must have a rather exotic setup if people stop and ask you about it.

People look at me strange when I'm on my netbook at starbucks, lol.
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People look at me strange when I'm on my netbook at starbucks, lol.

ROFL. Probably because your WMs are way more impressive than my simple E17 or KDE setups.
That and you probably aren't upset with your netbook like many windows users I've seen seem to be.
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You must have a rather exotic setup if people stop and ask you about it.

Well they don't stop from walking by and ask about it often (people aren't that free from their everyday narcissism around here). Seriously...it's nothing and I mean nothing compared to you guys on here with i3, awesome, and the other WMs. They see my pretty basic KDE and actually have this confused look when "win7" just did a "mac" thing (present all windows). What's really amusing is when they see my netbook with E17 and they wonder how the heck I made "windows look cool and run fast on that junky thing". Finally, it's really fun when you go to a school computer lab and load up a Linux distro and people are wondering how you did this and that. Since I'm mostly in the business side of the university (Accounting and Finance major here smile.gif) they all look at it like it's some magic trick when they're not busy with either school or some shallow gossip.

I hope I didn't make it sound like I drew crowds...just that people notice when they notice and it peaks some interest.

@ragtag: It's not just laziness but also an assessment of the payoff...Hell I'm in that position when it comes between choosing Archbang, Bodhi, or Kubuntu for my desktop. I'll probably end up with Kubuntu just because I'm lazy but also it's a choice on the balance of getting what I want for the least amount of headaches or effort to get things working the way I'm happy with (different than want). The true lazy part is when they just don't care to consider another alternative when you mention it to them; hence the turned off about being told of Linux. There's more to the reasons why people are...I guess you could say afraid of Linux though...the biggest one is familiarity/exposure. Apple's moves to try and enter a bigger part of the education system where MS has usually been dominant, are extremely important to Apple's future because that's were you basically acclimate people to an OS/software especially when they are younger and can add them to your customers.

PS: What business do you run?
     
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People look at me strange when I'm on my netbook at starbucks, lol.

I am totally going to use that in a short youtube video I am going to make LOL.
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Think about it for a moment.
If there was some type of fund dedicated to make a certain Linux OS to get better support, would it be worth it? I think about a kickstarter for Linux almost all the time and the possibilities that can follow.
Not sure if this has been pitched before but I just want to know what you guys think.

Ubuntu is already massively funded by Mark Shuttleworth and -as already mentioned- the Linux kernel also receives plenty of money and dev time from commercial organisations. Plus with Android drives being merged back into Linux's mainline dev tree, it means driver support for Linux has never been better.
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