I am a big fan of tech, and the tech media.
One particular podcast I listen to on a regular basis is "Windows Weekly with Leo Laporte and Paul Thurotte"
On Friday every week or so Paul and Leo get together over Skype and discuss the goings-on in the Microsoft/Windows world.
This week the discussion was focused around Windows One-Care and it's dismal performance reviews. Poor reviews from Microsoft products are becoming par for the world's largest software developer. The discussion switched to more security focused topics. Usually, in these types of discussions, Linux comes up as does Mac OS X. Leo and Paul do not claim to be experts on Linux or Linux security, but one comment that Paul made struck me a s way off...
Linux is not doing anything innovative...
The comment was made in respect to Linux's potential for wide-spread acceptance as a desktop operating system against Windows Vista. I do agree that Linux has much to do in respect to catching up with Windows when it comes to market share. Innovation would not be Vista's main point in life either. Paul was also correct in saying that neither Vista or Linux is going to change computing for the masses. Windows, Linux, and OS X pretty much do the same thing, albeit with slight differences. I am writing this article from within a web-browser running on top of Mac OS X. Not too much different would be required to do the same on a Windows or Linux computer.
So why do I think Mr. Thurotte is wrong in his comment. Linux's innovation is both technical and philosophical. It's free, Windows cannot match that. Anyone can do what they want with Linux, the length and level of involvement is up to the user. Microsoft locks the user into a basic payment plan and a future of updates and subscription plans. The whole business model centers around re-generating user subscription. The Linux community does not see it that way. From one end to another, the user experience is about how much you can do with it.
I think Mr. Thurotte's comment was wrong, and on the slim chance that my opinion is wrong, I have a feeling it will not be for long...