Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Aug 2012 22:52 UTC
Linux Miguel de Icaza: "To sum up: (a) First dimension: things change too quickly, breaking both open source and proprietary software alike; (b) incompatibility across Linux distributions. This killed the ecosystem for third party developers trying to target Linux on the desktop. You would try once, do your best effort to support the 'top' distro or if you were feeling generous 'the top three' distros. Only to find out that your software no longer worked six months later. Supporting Linux on the desktop became a burden for independent developers." Mac OS X came along to scoop up the Linux defectors.
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Comment by miscz
by miscz on Wed 29th Aug 2012 23:14 UTC
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Dubious moves by Ubuntu with Unity and Gnome Foundation's Gnome 3. KISS. My father and grandfather that would be less technically inclined people they are after couldn't stand how the experience changed from Gnome 2.

Windows 8 was a great opportuninty as Microsoft pursued tablet experience on desktop computers (eww) but Gnome 3 made the same mistakes, just earlier.

Points brought up by Miguel are valid but user experience is the key and there was very little wrong with late Gnome 2 distros.

I'm under heavy influence of alcohol.

Edited 2012-08-29 23:18 UTC

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