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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Linux desktop has never has a chance
by dariapra on Thu 30th Aug 2012 00:01 UTC
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Linux desktop - supossing it has ever existed, since there have been always several Linux desktops - never had a real chance.

While I agree with de Icaza in some points, I think he misses the general picture. The average user do not use an operating system; in fact, many of them ignore what an operating system is ("Linux? Operating system? What on earth is an OS?"). What this kind of user actually uses is a set of applications. And the relevant fact is that there has never existed Linux versions of very popular applications like AutoCAD or Photoshop, to mention just two best sellers. Applications like these are the ones selling Windows machines.

That is, as somebody wrote, when a user buys a Windows powered machine, what is buying is a fuzzy feeling that the applications he is used to work with will remain available. That's why Microsoft has managed to survive to a fiasco as big as Windows Vista and myriads of little and daily fiascos like blue screens of deaths, painful updates or security vulnerabilities.

Edited 2012-08-30 00:02 UTC

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