Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines decide to
start their own airline. They build the planes, ticket counters,
and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small fee to
cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also download
and print the ticket yourself. When you board the plane, you
are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the
seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is
very comfortable, the plan leaves and arrives on time without
a single problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to
tell customers of the other airlines about the great trip, but
all they can say is, "You had to do what with the seat?"
I am not a Linux hater but your analogy for Linux air is wrong.
Everyone starts their own airline and completes the plane but it cannot take off. Someone forgot to install: root/boot/bin/flight/schedule/runway/load/capacity/length/terminal/wing/camber/liftoff.bin
And no one knows where to put it as the description is in several files.
Again I am not a Linux hater but at times Linux can be a real pain to get stuff to install. It will do 99.9% and forget on thing that you have to find and install by hand because a geek forgot to go back and edit his script when his did not work. lol reminds me of using DOS sometimes. Don"t believe me, look in doms thread about XBMC. lol
Just thought there should be some realism about the OS airlines. Linux does have its issues also. Dependencies!
Linux DID have issues with dependencies. That is no longer the case. All modern distros today have "point and click" installation of applications with the software resolving any dependency issue.
I guess you didn't read this article I linked in another post. It demonstrates how easy it is to install a typical Linux distro in today's world. Not the world of even two years ago, but today. Not only did the author find it simple to install, but his mother-in-law, who had only used Windows previously, found it easy to use.
The issues you are talking about "in doms thread about XBMC" are because we are still dealing with the "developer's release" of the Pi. Its whole purpose is so that the gurus can resolve these problem PRIOR to the educational release".
The Foundation doesn't have the resources that, say, Canonical has, to put together a distro that works OTOB. So it decided to release the hardware to the general public so that the people with the knowledge and skills to do so, would perform that job for them. By the time the "educational release" comes about, there will be an OTOB solution available. Stick in a "store bought" SD card and boot to a desktop with the flavor of your choice. And not all of the cards available will Linux. There are already projects in the works for RiscOS and Android and there will be others. Linux is only "recommended" by the Foundation. Not demanded.