GNU/Linux so good it's boring
I sometimes feel a bit like the guy who wrote this article, http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/blogs/dump_linux_now.
He's not really saying anything against GNU/Linux. In a contrary...
Don't get me wrong: I still love GNU/Linux. It's just gotten. . . boring. It's no longer the undiscovered country, the wild west, the final frontier. Forgive my metaphor mix-o-rama. I just want to say, Linux is so ready for the desktop, it's boring. There's really not much left for me to explore. The only reason GNU/Linux has managed to keep my attention this long is that it was born about the same time as the web, and the two have matured together. (A coincidence? Oh, I don't think so.)
Basically, it's working so good that for certain kinds of people it's just not a challenge anymore, or they're just too used to it.
Though choice of more "tinkering-oriented" distributions will always exist, like LFS, gentoo, Slackware etc. he promotes some other choices like Plan 9, Haiku OS, Minix 3 etc.
It's certainly good that GNU/Linux is getting so friendly as this means it has a potential to dominate and since it, as Free Software, provides for so much choice and innovation it can only be a great thing. The alternatives to the whole leading GNU/Linux universe still exist though. I especially like where Haiku OS is going, for example.
It's probably that most innovations from other Unix-like OSs will eventually end up in GNU/Linux, but still.. there may be certain fundamental differences (not necessarily too revolutionary, but for some still significant). For example, while Linux kernel is monolithic, some OSes may use kernels that are microkernel based. Basically the changes that matter would be of such fundamental nature.
It seems like the days when differences between two OSes were so great and obvious (like between Windows and GNU/Linux, Windows and OSX) are gone. As Free Software goes towards domination, all code is basically getting cross platform and all OS's can basically look anyway you want them (there's less and less of that OS-specific look). It's as if the whole notion of what is an Operating System is getting basically standardized.
Now I just wonder, on that note, whether Haiku BeFS could be ported to GNU/Linux..
Hmm maybe I should have turned this into an article. Maybe I will, after this discussion, if anyone has anything to say?