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You're confusing me with the "Android is an excuse" comment. 30 posts ago you said that Android was Linux and therefore its market share should be counted as Linux. Now you're saying that working on Android is just an excuse not to support Linux on the desktop ?
I don't understand the MS comment.
Click on his name on the left side, then click on "Ignore". The result will be something that resembles a linux related web-forum.
While GSoC is useful,unfortunately there seems to be a bunch of unfinished projects/tasks or unimplemented features happening with it. As the owner of much AMD/ATI tech over the years (Windows and Linux), drivers have always been an issue. I can't help but watch kickstart helping get games off the ground (Wasteland 2) and not get the idea that Linux users have deep pockets when it comes to getting something for their beloved OS. I would love to donate to bring up the quality of the binary and oss drivers to Linux/BSD. As a dedicated Linux user I continue to buy AMD recently a A83870k so don't make me sorry for supporting you!
JB, I just wanted to thank you for responding openly to my earlier query. I just had a chance to read an digest it.
I would like to give the matter additional thought. My current opinion on the matter is that there is a free platform available that will run on 99% of commodity hardware, and nobody is currently leveraging it. Installation of this platform is so incredibly easy that it isn't even required (LiveCD/USB). If I were in AMDs position, I would put together a bare-bones distro (Kernel, X, Mesa, SDL, a steam-like-client, and the demos with the hot cg chick) and leverage it to showcase AMD's technology. The result would be that 'every' AMD powered PC becomes a console.
I realize that this is a lot like what sony did with FreeBSD (cellOS) and GLES2 (libgcm/PSGL), the difference would be that you already have a huge installation base. Existing customers that have a positive experience on the platform continue to purchase AMD tech, customers of "the other tech and platform vendors" will look over the shoulder of your customers and say "Hey what's that? How can I get that?".
I'll think more about what you said tonight, but as far as I can tell, a million bucks and two years could quickly turn into market domination for a tech vendor. You don't need Sony or Microsoft.
While GSoC is useful,unfortunately there seems to be a bunch of unfinished projects/tasks or unimplemented features happening with it.
I believe that the same can be said of any org that funds software development. Not all pound puppies find homes. It's sad. I wonder if GSOC is statistically better or worse than other similar initiatives (and why).