Can I Bore You With Some Linux Philosophy?

I hope this TEDx Talk by Jim Zemlin isn’t too boring for you but will maybe open your eyes:

Zemlin’s career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade: mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software. As executive director of The Linux Foundation, he uses this experience to accelerate the adoption of Linux and support the future of computing. Zemlin works with the world’s largest technology companies to help define the future of computing on the server, in the cloud and on a variety of new mobile computing devices.
Zemlin has been recognized as a top Linux and open source blogger and is widely quoted in the press on Linux and the changing economics of the technology industry. Zemlin also advises a variety of startups, and sits on the boards of the Global Economic Symposium, Open Source For America and Chinese Open Source Promotion Union.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Personally I think Jim Zemlin’s an asshole. But that doesn’t matter. Firstly because I don’t matter and secondly becoz Jim himself states that you don’t have to be nice and that most innovations come from struggle, not from harmony. So I guess I could work with that guy. And maybe we’d be doing great things together … or against each other.

Why do I think Zemlin’s an ahole? Coz he’s the grand poobah of the Linux Foundation, a mighty multi-billion dollar industry lobbby group with little to no regard towards Linux on the desktop. Their member list reads like a who’s who of silicon valley; our daily silly computing antics n stuffz, Ubuntu vs Arch vs Debian, bears no significance on the Linux that runs your washing machine and my toaster oven and our internet. And that also doesn’t matter since we little people are still standing on the shoulders of giants and have our own litle parellel world alongside industry Linux.

This TED Talk – by a generalist, lobbyist and salesman – is still interesting and hopefully y’all can learn and take something home from it.

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