Active readers of this blog know that I help out with a little distribution called PCLinuxOS. I help out through my other website mypclinuxos.com which is a community development website where like minded individuals can gather together to develop add-ons, customizations, and other items to PCLinuxOS to tailor it to what they want in a distro. It’s a great concept and one that has been gathering quite a bit of support from the PCLinuxOS community.
This week, Distrowatch Weekly has redone their top 10 distributions and included PCLinuxOS inside of that top ten for the first time ever. In fact, when I began using PCLinuxOS, it was around 15th on the distrowatch charts. If you look at 2005 vs. 2006 charts, you’ll see that out of the top 15 distros tracked, PCLinuxOS was the largest gainer over the course of that year. I like to think that mypclinuxos (started Mar 27, 2006) had a lot to do with that…and I don’t ask for any recognition at all…but take great satisfaction in helping what I believe to be the premiere Linux distribution for new users gain ground.
As stated, Distrowatch Weekly named PCLinuxOS as one of the “Top Ten” distributions and I was very happy about this. What was less than stellar was some of the negative feedback that resulted from this announcement. I realize that much of the feedback is based on false assumptions, ignorance, and fanboism…but just the same, I found a couple of comments I’d like to respond to so that the correct information is available for everyone to see.
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I talk quite a bit about Linux going “mainstream” in this blog. The mainstream thought on Mainstream Adoption is that a “mainstream” thing is something that is familiar to the masses. According to the wikipedia, mainstream is:
- Something that is ordinary or usual
- Something that is familiar to the masses
- Something that is available to the general public
Linux has #3 down. I’d also argue that it is becoming “the usual” in quite a few areas of business and computing…so we partially have #1…but Linux will never be ‘ordinary’ as it’s only ordinary if you use it that way. #2 is where Linux hasn’t made complete progress. It’s well on its way to doing this.
I give this definition because I want to clarify that when I say I want Linux to “go mainstream,” I’m speaking of it becoming familiar to the masses. I don’t care about businesses or money or markets or anything else when I speak about the mainstream adoption of Linux. The reason I don’t care about Linux in business or the market value or channels of Linux service providers is because even if all of these things didn’t exist…Linux would still be there on my desktop…and if Linux didn’t exist, none of those markets, channels, or businesses that base themselves on Linux would be there. They are completely reliant upon Linux; but the opposite isn’t true. Therefore, I don’t care much about directions they want to see Linux go. Nor do I care about how much money Linux is valued at or how much money it can make people. I just want to see use of Linux spread. The more people that use Linux, the better off Linux will become…if not for more people that Linux will inspire to become active in projects then for making more noise if some piece of hardware (like a printer) doesn’t work in Linux. Perhaps if there are more voices in our chorus, people and businesses alike will have a harder time not listening to the music.
Despite my earlier notions that Linux and mainstreaming are a bad combination, I’ve switched to the school of thought that Linux becoming mainstream is a logical progression of growth. Especially considering that anyone using Linux doesn’t have the right to stifle this growth…linux is what linux does with or without our opinions and stances on matters. After all, open source is OPEN…for everyone…and if we’re speaking FOSS, then it’s free for everyone too. That means we don’t have a right to keep someone from using Linux nor do we have the right to keep Linux from someone…so mainstream, here Linux comes 🙂
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It seems that being one of the top 500 visited websites in the world has gone to Digg.com’s head. Users are reporting that some articles that are submitted are being dugg by the same users in the same exact order to up their digg rating to get them on the front page.
When these users posted articles about this phenomenon, those articles are either deleted, the users are banned (Submitted & Banned Pics), or the story is buried (despite having 164 diggs at the time of this writing…not on the front page). There is even reports of users submitting an article who haven’t submitted before only to have another user who is ‘popular’ get the story posted despite posting it later. Digg.com is supposed to have a duplicate url system in place preventing this…
Now digg.com can do whatever they want with their website. In fact, they can bully all the other websites they want to. However, they can’t build their community on a Democratic, Users-vote-for-the-story-and-our-editors-don’t model and then just drop it. They need to follow their own TOS (terms of service) to maintain their credibility or recant that part of the TOS and release an updated TOS. As of this writing, Digg insists that its content is driven by the users. With the information collected in this article, it seems that something is rank in the state of Diggmark. You decide.
For your perusal, I’ve collected all the links I can find with information on this issue. Please comment if you’ve found alternative links and I will update these as the comments come in. Please note that I belive Forevergeek.com was the first to post on this…they are listed at #1. Also please note many of the comments in these articles…users are pretty livid about this…and there is no response from digg.com yet.
- Digg Corrupted: Editor’s Playground, not User-Driven Website
- The Story that Got Deleted – The digg story that went pewf!
- Kevin Rose abusing Digg – links to google group tracking this story
- Suspicious Digging
- Google Blogoscoped – more on the google group
- Digg Corrupted – a digg.com user attempts to hold digg accountable
- Digg Abused? – Newsvine article on this
- Digg Army – Binary Bonsai
- Digg, not democracy after all – Yugatech Blog Post
- The J Spot
- Corruption. The House of the Digg Elite
- The Trouble with DIGG
- Growing Censorship Concerns at Digg – Just got slashdotted!
- Digg Army: Right in Line – More from Forevergeek
- 146 diggs, 57 comments, 6 hours and no frontpage at digg
- Non Response from Digg.com – Forevergeek
- Digg.com Explanation? – Kevin Responds? Sort of…
- BoingBoing’s Take On This
- The Guardian Picks Up the Story…
- The Inquirer Hops On
- Sitepoint Diggs in their Claws
- Boyhazard.net Blog
- Splasho’s Blog…Update on Digg
- Three Reasons Why Digg is a Crock! – Zdnet Blogs
- MonkeyBites Blog
- BlogCritics – A Must Read
- Thomas Hawkes Digital Connection – He has the most dugg story of all time…
- Odeo Podcast on the Subject
- ForeverGeek Comments Further
- Zippity Doo Dah – A Statistical Analysis of Digging Corruption? You Decide…
- CEO of Weblogs.inc – The Digg Backlash
- More from Techno Pinoy
- DuncanRiley.com chimes in
- Is Digg Rigging its Diggs? – a Tech Writer from Toronto adds two cents
- Kellegous.com Speaks of Digg
- ProBlogger – Digg Deception
- Newsome Blog
- Silicon Valley Sleuth – Social Websites have a Social Responsibility
- Search Engine Guide – is digg working with their own shovel?
- Publishing 2.0
- SuperGeekBlog – The Social Corruption of Digg
- Student-Rant Blog – Interesting Statistics on Editor Posting
- Virtual Thought
- CNET Podcast on the subject
- FG-DIGG Issue on TWiT @ Forever Geek