Gentoo Archives: gentoo-ppc-dev

From: John Steele Scott <toojays@×××××××.net>
To: gentoo-ppc-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-ppc-dev] Skype for PPC
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 08:16:52
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-ppc-dev] Skype for PPC by stuporglue
On Wed, 17 Nov 2004 08:42 am, stuporglue wrote:
> Why don't we have Flash and wireless drivers? Our market isn't big enough > yet! Maybe Skype isn't the deciding factor for you to use linux on ppc (it > isn't for me!), but for someone it may be.
I agree to a large extent with what Luca, Colin and Nick have already posted, but I'll add to that: what is "our market" you're talking about? I don't think the market you're in is the same as the one I'm in. I'm in the Free Software market. I imagine many of the hobbyists you refered to are in the same market. So are most of the people who use alternative operating systems on alternative architectures, even if they don't realise it. I accept that if the Linux/PPC market was bigger, it might have a functional Flash, Skype or Java Plugin. But "grow the market" is not the only answer to these issues, and I don't think it is the correct one. If these apps were not proprietry, the size of the market would not be relevant. I hope you can see that "free the software" is a more elegant solution than "grow the market". "Grow the market" is really just a workaround for the problem. In the long term, you arrive back at the same problem. "Free the software" solves the problem. I have a lot to say about this issue, but I don't want to flood the list, so I'll stop there for now. I appreciate that these kind of issues are hard to convey to the people who ask you questions at your Linux Info Meetings. cheers, John