Fuchsia and the Server: Why I'm Betting on Linux

Tyler Smith on December 20, 2019

For those who haven't heard about Fuchsia, it's a brand new operating system by Google that's been under development since at least 2016, and may s... [Read Full]
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I can't get past that 80 percent of websites are still using php


It's wild, right? I imagine a lot of it is maintaining legacy applications. But as someone who has done a lot of WordPress development and uses Laravel from time-to-time, I can tell you that the PHP community is still really active.

Taylor Otwell–the guy behind Laravel–announced on Twitter not too long ago that he's made $10 million on software in the past five years, and I think most of those were just paid tools related to Laravel. It's hard to imagine those kinds of numbers if PHP weren't thriving.

I also think about this tweet sometimes 😅


Is Taylor misdirection around revenue vs profit?

I don't think he had any misdirection. The word he used was 'sold.' I probably should have used the same world as well. It's still a big chunk of change. Here's his tweet:

1) Most people still won't understand. Indignantly repeating yourself does nothing to change that. Your own assertion it's a big chunk of change seems to indicate you don't understand it.
2) It's a worthless statement without knowing how much was spent + how much time to get such a figure or what the distribution is.

Knowing how much one guy has sold, doesn't tell you anything about the viability of investment. If you're a programmer you need to understand investment in order to understand sustainability and suitability.

7 years of data in github.com/laravel/laravel/graphs/... suggests > 400 people have contributed just to the core project. Not to count the blog posts, services provided.

I'd sooner get to know the viability of an ecosystem for all those involved with a multi-modal distribution rather than see how it's benefited one individual


I'm actually on a team working to create a de-googled variant of Fuchsia, we had a lot of privacy and security concerns as well.


That's really cool! I'm really excited about Fuchsia on mobile. Does your de-googled Fuchsia have a website or repo where I could learn more about it?



It's is mainly frond end right now, but we have de-googled most of zircon.

That's fantastic. I hope this project does well!


There's also RedoxOs, a new microkernel OS that is "real" open source software and seems promising to me


Whoa, I'd never heard of Redox. This is super cool, thank you for sharing!

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