[OpenIndiana-discuss] "OpenIndiana lead Alasdair Lumsden resigns"

Open Indiana openindiana at out-side.nl
Sun Sep 2 09:29:48 UTC 2012

I guess i sparked this discussion about the GUI. Not that I want a GUI, but
if you read the comments on Alasdair Lumsden resign then most people that
call OI "a stupid OS" are the people that only use a GUI to do things. ;-)

But based on the number of reactions on this subject I fear that there a
just a very few OI users. Or the rest must have been sleeping the last days.

So I would suggest that we start some kind of voting/.. somewhere on the
internet. Maybe in this mailgroup or on the OI website. 
I suggest the following questions:
1. Who wants to help develop OI?
2. What skills do you (the voter) have that can help OI? 
3. What kind of software do you want to have running on OI? 
4. What kind of hardware/drivers do you want to have running on OI?
5. Have you ever created a "HOWTO" for OI? If "YES" where is it? 
6. Have you ever found a useful "HOWTO" for OI? If "YES" where is it?
7. Have you ever created a useful "software package" for OI? If "YES" where
is it?
8. Do you use OI in a commercial environment? 
9. ....

There must be more useful questions that I forget. But if we start to gather
the above information we already have more (centralized) than we have right

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Friesenhahn [mailto:bfriesen at simple.dallas.tx.us] 
Sent: zaterdag 1 september 2012 16:48
To: Discussion list for OpenIndiana
Subject: Re: [OpenIndiana-discuss] "OpenIndiana lead Alasdair Lumsden

On Sat, 1 Sep 2012, Robin Axelsson wrote:
> I'm fully aware of the power of the command line and it is the command 
> line that really makes me like Unix based OSes (including Linux). But 
> making OI look well-polished with a fancy and easy to administer 
> web-admin GUI that would encourage the average-Joe to use it as a 
> home-NAS / virtual server is not a bad thing. That way OI would reach 
> a higher penetration with a larger user-base and most importantly; it 
> will get _free advertising_. To some extent the old adage "A good product
markets itself" has some truth in it.
> But it must not only be good, it has to /look/ good so that even a 
> less versed person will understand how good it is.

Focusing on issues like this would be putting the cart before the horse.  It
is more important to be able to easily build everything and incorporate
updates than to have a fancy configuration GUI.  OI popularity should come
second to correct functionality and having an organization (of volunteers
and corporate entities) to sustain it. 
If OI is worthy, popularity will follow, even if only from people who
already preferred Solaris.

OpenIndiana is still very young.  Successful OS distributions take quite a
few years to become significant.  It is not something which happens in just
a couple of years.

Bob Friesenhahn
bfriesen at simple.dallas.tx.us, http://www.simplesystems.org/users/bfriesen/
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,    http://www.GraphicsMagick.org/

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