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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What really kills Linux on the desktop
by kwan_e on Thu 30th Aug 2012 01:34 UTC
kwan_e
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1) People don't like the idea of change
2) People don't like things you can't pay a company for
3) People don't see advertisements for Linux on television
4) People are happy with the state of affairs with Windows or OS X.

Most people are not geeks, therefore whoever says "well I use Linux on the desktop!" are living in a cocoon world.

All these "reasons" about why Linux isn't the runaway success it should be are no more than cargo cult reasoning. "They were the state of affairs at the time of the non-success, therefore they were the cause".

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