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Month: October 2018

Re: [trinity-users] Re: In defense of TDE copy

From: William Morder <doctor_contendo@...>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2018 11:53:16 -0700

On Monday 01 October 2018 11:06:56 Dr. Nikolaus Klepp wrote:
> Am Montag, 1. Oktober 2018 schrieb andre_debian@...:
> > [...]
> > Yes, but we are not numerous enough (in the consumer market),
> > only 3%.
> If I recall correctly, then you only need 2% to change a politcal system
> (but I need to dig into my papers for the correct quote).
> nik

Sorry, my own previous post was intended for the Evil Mad Scientist group. I 
doubt we can really achieve total domination. 

A change of 2%, however, especially if we manage to get attention in the right 
places is viable and reasonable; and that is enough to change people's 
attitudes. As I've said before, I want to see TDE accepted into the general 
repositories (Debian, Devuan, Ubuntu, etc.), rather than put out there like 
some kind of weird off-brand. It would be the easiest desktop, too, for users 
who are switching from Microshaft or the rotten Apple. 

Seriously, though, I agree that TDE is the only desktop that can compete with 
Microshaft and the rotten Apple in terms of ease and usability 
and "eye-candy" - except that to create the eye-candy, one must build one's 
own candy factory. 

I believe that if we could present TDE on a level playing field, then Linuix 
people would come to see the Trinity desktop in a much better light; as it 
is, so many in the Linux community (probably, I think, because they have 
vested interests) insult TDE as "stuck in the past" and other such nonsense. 
(But then, if one is directly or indirectly involved in the development of 
one of those other desktops (e.g. KDE Plasma, LXDE, Mate, XFCE, etc.), then 
one obviously one necessarily must regard one's own project as the "best"; 
because any other reaction is like a confession of disloyalty, and seems to 
negate the value of one's own work. And TDE is so good (just like the old 
KDE3), that it invariably makes everything else look not just bad, but indeed 
ugly and stupid. 

Then again, it is just possible that some Linux people want to keep Linux 
users a minority, and to that degree also, user-unfriendly. And perhaps not 
without reason; because with more users, Linux will attract more viruses, 
trojans, malware, etc. However, that seems to be a self-defeating strategy, 
sort of like never leaving the house because one might get into an accident, 
or get robbed. I think the strength of genuine free/libre software and a 
community of users to examine the code is all we really need to protect us. 

As for Microshaft: I wouldn't trust anything coming from them, no matter how 
much they claim to love open-source; and the rotten Apple is no better. 
Again, their jobs and income depend on "growing their business" and burying 
the competition; so any apparent friendliness toward GNU/Linux or TDE is, in 
my opinion, not to be trusted. 

We need is just more press, written by people who know and like TDE; and for 
more people "out there" to hear about it and try it. I am willing to help, if 
I can be useful. 

But what I think we really need first ... is a PLAN.