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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Icaza is full of himself
by arbour42 on Thu 30th Aug 2012 00:17 UTC
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He's had a huge ego for ages, and most of his projects have gone down the rat hole.

I remember very well in the late 90's when gnome was formed to fight against the "evil" kde licensing. intelligent people screamed that it was going to fragment linux, delay its adoption. but purists like Icaza said it must be done. 15 years down the line and linux on the desktop has ended up nowhere.

Havoc Pennington said something truly stupid in that early period while working on gnome: we don't have to worry about backward compatibility like Microsoft does with Windows. Thus we can innovate much more quickly (paraphrased from memory).

I knew right then that this was a mess.

And Icaza has never taken a dime from microsoft? what garbage. where was novell and Icaza getting the funding for all that Silverlight for Linux work? MS was promoting it heavily, and no doubt was sending plenty of money their way. But once silverlight was ditched, oops, no more money.

Now he is promoting OSX - i wonder if that's because MonoTouch is selling itself as a C# compiler for iPod apps? Hmmmmm.

he's been a hack for a long time, nibbling at the crumbs these big companies leave him. the linux desktop has been in ruins for years, but he's gone beyond that and it's easy to lay the blame on linus and the culture he created.

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