KOSH


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I'm after two things in life - freedom and equality. Freedom of politics, freedom of religion, freedom in everything, and with equal opportunities for all. Where there's a principle at stake, I'll fight the corner tooth and nail. Where I believe something is right, I will not back down until someone proves me conclusively wrong. To this end, I believe we should have a choice in and control over our destiny, not dictation from on high. And I'll fight for that choice as long as I can, banging on about it until something provides it.

I believe computer users are at a turning point: acceptance of computing is high, but so is dissatisfaction with current solutions. Look at Linux. It's not a solution, it's a symptom. It has a few nice things, a few advantages, but in some big ways it's lacking. That such attention is given to such a poor solution is an indication of how deeply dissatisfied the average user is with the alternatives.

From this situation, there is the potential for a challenger to the Windows stranglehold to emerge. It could be Linux - a pretty poor attempt at simply duplicating a very old solution - or it could be something new, something different, something better. There is no need for us to be shackled in how we use our machines by design decisions made for whatever reason ten, fifteen, twenty, even twenty-five years ago. Yet we currently are, no matter where we turn.

I want to build a new beginning. One that makes the decisions that are appropriate for the user today and tomorrow, not the developer yesterday. One that frees us all to work and play the way we want to. One that provides flexibility and reliability. One I don't have to think about how to use unless I want to. One where I'm not squirming with intellectual dissatisfaction at the way it works, cursing about how often it isn't or screaming at how difficult it is to use. One I can recommend to everyone I meet without a single nagging voice in my mind. One I can love the way I've loved computers before.

We have a near-unqiue opportunity here to shape the future of computing. We have a talented and organised group, who are motivated like almost no other. We have enough common roots to produce a coherent solution within a sensible timeframe, yet enough divergence and experience to still produce the best. Very rarely is a group given the opportunity to change even a small corner of the world in the way we have been presented by KOSH. Do we want to use this and produce something we can be proud of, or pass it up and apathetically moan at the alternatives?

Greg