I would like to ask a silly question, for which I haven't found
answer so far:
wouldn't it be possible to compete with Mickeysoft on OS grounds?
It seems to me that a large venture company could nowadays
develop a clean OS for PCs that would be able to compete with M$.
I am currently using Linux and happy with it, but all my non-nerd
friends that are stuck with windoze hate it. They would definitely
switch to a realistic alternative. So how about:
1) Let's say we take Linux as a base, inject a few good ideas from
AmigaOS, MacOS and others (e.g. SGI) and cleanly incorporate
some real-time, multiprocessing, etc. into it [most of this
list is already at least part done, so it sounds feasible].
We think hard and make completely clean device-indep print
management, display, inter-program data exchange, etc. [again,
the reason I think this is feasible is that we don't start from
scratch: tons of work have already been done in these fields];
2) Then, since we are targeting at the general public, we write full
graphical interfaces for /etc, and clean graphical setup/hardware
config software. Again, looks like matter of weeks for a team of
professional programmers. Nobody does it in the PD world because
it is boring job, but our venture company can do it;
3) Then, we inject the reasons why users stick to M$: a good
office package (word processor, database, spreadsheet, etc).
That's expensive but if the OS is clean it should not take too long.
I realize that here the list is almost infinite, but maybe 20-30
apps will catch 90% of the market IMHO. We just want a starting
point to launch our new OS, then software company will port their
products to our OS;
4) then we advertise: "get all the stuff you already have in better
and bugless, *plus* zillions of new, FREE, cool things such as
a true cli, endless number of programming languages, really powerful
Since this is probably not enough to make people switch, we need
a few killer arguments (e.g. "look, you can choose the window manager
you like best!") and a few killer apps, all of which would require
major changes in windoze to incorporate (e.g. I suppose here it
would be a pain to add multiple window managers to windoze; an
example of killer-app would use real-time without messing up the
OS, e.g. a good internet videophone or something of the like);
5) As people (hopefully -- what a dream!) begin to buy, our big
venture company begins to inject money into Linux, GNU, and all
the groups who do the *real* innovative work, so that our OS
remains at the top of free software availability. These
associations keep developing free software, and we just generously
Then M$ switches from the position of market leader to mere follower
(which it already is, but the general public does not realize it
because they don't know all the free unix goodies around).
Our company makes money from selling the OS and some software for it;
6) we take command of the market: the OS is clean and powerful ->
software companies will love releasing products for it, and
users will like it too. Because the public-domain community is
our ally, we get all the new ideas; others can only follow.
Because the PD software is free, it is a very strong argument IMHO
to switch to our OS.
why hasn't this project been tempted yet (to my limited knowledge?)
Looks like now is the right time...? I just read that 3com started
as a venture capital company with $500k; a cool project like this,
seriously packaged, could probably raise funds easily?
-- laurent itti