[OpenIndiana-discuss] Help with website

Richard L. Hamilton rlhamil at smart.net
Mon Oct 10 17:22:04 UTC 2011

On Oct 10, 2011, at 12:59 PM, Любомир Григоров wrote:

>> I'll take a couple of people with a clue over a hundred _looking_ for a
> clue any day.
> It will be just as I said earlier - the userland will consist of the devs
> and a bunch of fanboys, no one will know the OS and will just view it as
> "another one". This whole conversation and all the emails in it just proves
> OI is not ready to be a real OS. Maybe in 10 years after it matures I will
> give it another go. Like things stand, it's headed in the OpenBSD path.

It doesn't have to be that way.

Those of you who want to do outreach, or handholding of clueless newbies, go for it.

Keep them away from those who don't want to deal with that, and everybody will be happy.

We don't need to all be wanting to make everybody just like us, or to prove that we're the best.

Somebody probably has to do customer service type things, assuming that means anything if nobody is getting paid to do it.  But that will not usually be me.  I'll answer a question if I think it's interesting, or useful, or at least that someone made an effort before asking.  I won't usually bother with people who just want their problems to go away; I think they're more freeloaders than they are useful as spreaders of the One True (whatever)…assuming I thought there was any value in the concept of a One True (whatever).  Mostly I just want _choices_.  For some things, the Solaris-origin kernel is the best.  It'd be the best for more things if the desktop experience were better.  But it kicks tail for servers and appliances.  With smartphones and tablets, desktops may not be the way to getting big numbers anyway, not that I think much of big numbers that just follow the usual bell curve.

But if you think big numbers of new users are the way to go, it shouldn't stop you from pursuing that just because not everyone sees that need as you do.

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