I think I’ve found a fellow traveler.
From Linux Fest NW, a glorious rant about what’s sucky in Linux these days. On every single point, I agree. I’ve even pondered running back to BSD for those reasons, and lately cast a covetous eye at Haiku as an alternative. The small, light, secure, efficient, and well crafted nature calling to me; while Linux has become less good, boated, and both slower and less secure in the last 1/2 decade (or maybe a decade). I’ve saved old copies in an archive just in case a ‘reset’ to prior and better becomes necessary.
There’s also an interesting point part way in where he talks about the Microsoft strategy to break Linux: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish. I found it oddly parallel to what happens when Islam “embraces” a free country (like, Oh, Christian Lebanon of my youth), then “extends” their laws to include Sharia (like, Oh, the Multicultural Lebanon of my college years) and then “extinguishes” the rump Christianity (as happened in Lebanon, is happening in Syria, and is the late stages of “almost” in Egypt. The EU TBD…)
There’s what seems to be a consistent pattern that happens when a culture based on freedom, sharing and cooperation gets mixed in with one based on dominance, obedience, and competition. Even the involvement of the Tech Companies in the process.
So what can be done about it? What will make it “all better”?
I don’t exactly know.
I do think Linux will survive. At worst we’ll just make a reliable retro-style fork and “press on”. Let the rubbishers rubbish the occupied lands, while we retreat to the edges of The Empire. Rather like has happened with Devuan when SystemD was too bitter a pill.
There must be a better way.