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 Luke McCarthy
by Luke McCarthy on Thu 30th Aug 2012 00:57 UTC
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Compatibility is a big problem. I work on cross-platform commercial software and supporting multiple distros is very painful and requires a disproportionate amount of testing time. Microsoft should really be commended for their backwards compatibility work (but not their past poor decisions they now have to live with).

I don't understand the love for OS X. I have to use it at work but I think it's ugly and it's very sluggish on a Mac Mini. I would rather use Windows.

I think Haiku is the only hope for a free desktop OS. Unlike Linux they have vision, good taste and don't suffer from fragmentation. I'm worried it is too small to ever get much support, but I hold out hope.

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