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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by woegjiub on Wed 29th Aug 2012 23:43 UTC
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Despite completely disagreeing with the Gnome3 direction, I find myself actually agreeing with Mr. de Icaza.

Someone on another article mentioned that we need a stable kernel API for drivers, so that they can write them once, and know that they will run against future kernel versions for the lifespan of their product.

I would argue that the same needs to be done for applications.

Unfortunately, there is never going to be a consensus on things like this, as we can see from the results of the attempt to make all distros use the same package format.

It is a shame that there can not be some sort of consensus reached between the linux foundation, red hat, novell, the debian project (which would bring canonical into line, presumably) and a choice other couple of partners like arch and their ilk.

Edited 2012-08-29 23:44 UTC

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