[OpenIndiana-discuss] Help with website

Richard L. Hamilton rlhamil at smart.net
Tue Oct 11 00:56:16 UTC 2011

On Oct 10, 2011, at 8:29 PM, Dan Swartzendruber wrote:

> Richard, you continue to miss the point.  This isn't about you (OS) vs me
> (linux).  I would wager that for every opensolaris user there are at least
> 10 linux users.  Getting them to use OS (which is better in many ways,
> granted), making the environment more familiar is essential, IMO.  You are
> of course, free to disagree.  Just saying, I've been through this before…

That assumes that there's a benefit of converting people from Linux to OS/OI.

I see no benefit for OS/OI users (numbers of users rather than clue-bringers don't build a community) nor for that matter, for the Linux users, in promoting that conversion on terms that displace those already there to make room for those coming over.

Unless of course you really think that OS/OI is well short of the minimum viable number.  I don't happen to think that's the case, but I'll admit I'm biased towards smaller numbers anyway, since the majority is nothing to brag about (look at a bell curve sometime).

I'd go so far as to say why not take some existing migration guide and flesh it out.  Or improve coexistence, if a migration guide would impose too much of a burden on the newcomers.  Or whatever.  But don't expect those already here to take in the shorts for the sake of attracting newcomers.  It's exactly like the border debate.  My view is that those here should not have to accommodate themselves to new arrivals.  Let them assimilate or go back.  We may need some immigrants…on _our_ terms, but if we need them on _their_ terms, we're already dead as a distinct community.

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