Thinking Past Platforms
Doc Searls is challenging the big OEMs to think outside the Microsoft PC box. It was three or four years ago that Searls observed that Linux is not a platform. Here he is back riffing on that theme...
Thinking Past Platforms: the Next Challenge for Linux
Towards the end of the article he challenges us in the FOSS community to stop thinking of and advocating Linux as an alternative to Windows/OS X. This is a very good point and one I, personally, should have thought of a long time ago.
Some years ago I was dealing with an issue that had nothing to do with computers. There was an organization that had a virtual monopoly of defining, setting the dialogue, and determining what were valid solutions. I became involved with a new organization that was advocating a new approach and formed a local meeting. One of the rules of that meeting was that we did not bash the dominate org or talk about issues in contexts as defined by that org. The point here is simple. Had we used the framework of that dominate org we would have been in effect validating their point of view and thus dragging unwanted baggage along with it. By insisting on development of a framework free of influence and fully independent of the dominate org our group could then grow and live regardless of whether the then dominate org continued to exist.
It is this strategy that led me to observe that the Mono project was braindead at birth. It is why I have a long history of being against Java. It is why I spent several weeks re-ripping my CD collection into the ogg format (and why I have essentially stopped buying music from labels that are members of the RIAA). It is why I try to find hardware that has FOSS drivers.