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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RE: Comment by Vordreller
by smashIt on Thu 30th Aug 2012 00:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by Vordreller"
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If there's too much choice, non-specialized users will always have that nagging doubt: did I make the right choice? You don't want a user wondering that about your product!

users have no problem with choice (there are more than a dozen current editions of windows out there)
users have a problem with fragmentation
and users are really pissed off when the first answer to whatever problems they have is "you chose the wrong distribution"

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