Why aren't Brazilian distros as successful as foreign distros?

Have you ever wondered why BR distributions are not as popular as those in other countries? Many ask this question, and today I will give my point of view.


It seems that everything comes out better, and our technology inferior. Unfortunately a large portion of Brazilians think so, perhaps this mentality is a reflection of years of errors in the national industry. It is not common to see the repudiation of some national brands, by IT, by professionals or even more educated consumers. However, there are national brand products that deliver good quality.

If you did not understand the reason for starting the subject talking about the preference of Brazilians for foreign products. Be aware that several times when presenting a Brazilian Linux distribution to an IT colleague, the first reaction was like ih! Brazilian?

I believe the first point for a BR distro is not to be as successful as the gringas, precisely because it is Brazilian, somehow cultural. Obviously the reason is not based on this alone, other aspects are involved.

More of the same

Have you noticed that among so many Linux distributions, many are more of the same? Freedom offers many advantages, but along with it some negative aspects come in the package. I downloaded Ubuntu, changed the wallpaper, ready! This is the OS. Is this illegal, or is it a mistake to do this? At the! Freedom gives me this option, however, would be of little relevance and would not add much. In the Brazilian scenario, some distributions are just that, around the world too.

Poor community and weak leadership

Another problem that can hinder the success of a project, your community. Either for not having affection for new users, for thinking they are still in the 90s, or for the disorganization. A distraction needs an organized and strong leadership community, otherwise with so many tips and hints the system becomes a Frankenstein, pleasing only that early community without the possibility of expanding to new audiences.

Good documentation

Ubuntu is strongly recommended to new users, and has extensive material and great documentation (official or through blogs and channels), which makes life easier for a newbie. This is an indispensable topic.

Excessive ideology

I am not the comrade who likes to follow a strict ideology, I have already gone through this time. Analyzing, criticizing, adapting, and evolving are all processes necessary for a project to survive amid so many others. Essentially, following something without a chance for a new interpretation or adaptation ends up limiting possibilities for growth.

Differential, the bait on the hook

Being more of the same in some ways may not be a big problem. Note that many distros have the same graphic environment. However, the differential is what legitimizes its existence. A good example Deepin, though not perfect, managed to attract glances to the system, thanks to its look. Fedora has a strong community and, at the same time, a company like Red Hat supporting the project. In addition to being reference, when it comes to GNOME.

At Brazil, projects such as the Conectiva Linux and Big linux they had differentials that attracted new users. Without a good bait on the hook, the fisherman does not catch fish.

Strong guidelines and design concepts

Having strong guidelines means having a solid plan, based not only on ideologies, but thinking about the future of the project and its growth in scale. If the important difference, knowing how to segment and visualize which type of fish you want to fish, can be even more so. It's also no use having a delicious bait if it doesn't attract that fish. Waiting for the user to test the system and see its qualities, a failed strategy.

Advertising the soul of business

Marketing is an opportunity for Brazilian distributions to be known. There are amazing systems, but almost nobody knows. This aspect is weakened in the Linux world, especially in the domestic scenario. It seems that it only exists in the Enterprise market. Speaking of servers, Linux has an attractive advertisement, now desktop … (complicated).

Structure and work mode

Develop an operating system in nothing simple, and imagine the work and stress generated. Owning project contributors and not being a one-man army is the Achilles heel of most Brazilian distributions. The expensive infrastructure needed, and the bait mentioned earlier, must be so attractive that not only users come, but developers and contributors.

Money, money, money

Money is the greatest sin in the conception of many users. But they do not understand that love does not fill the belly and does not even support a project. The project may well support itself at some point, but ask any leader in a Brazilian distribution if: a good investment would help or not leverage the project.

A distribution, as an institution, is not, and can not be, very different from a company, where there is no financial return, things will not work according to the passion and free time of those who maintain the project, which is required to work in separate projects to maintain their livelihood.

For this, partnerships must be established, an income that does not depend only on donations. None of this is easy, to convey the sense of importance or a big differential that calls the attention of third parties, who make a significant financial contribution to the project, not overnight.

Answering Initial Question

Why are Brazilian distros not as successful as foreign distros? Because they do not have all the features mentioned above. In fact, this is not exclusive to Brazil, however, foreign distributions have most of the topics covered, consequently they come out ahead.

For years I used as a standard system a BR distro, and I follow some to this day closely. Even one has been calling my attention, with its proposal to deliver a new graphic environment. Another aroused new interest in me by shifting my base and meeting facilities for a common user (or gamer).

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