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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And the solution...
by Gullible Jones on Thu 30th Aug 2012 02:33 UTC
Gullible Jones
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2006-05-23

Is Gnome 3, the One Desktop to Rule Them All. A desktop on which you can't make the file manager open things with a custom command, and can't even change the freaking font size without installing a giant third-party utility... Right.

Good gods, I actually thought Linux had a pretty good shot at the desktop back in the Gnome 2/KDE 3 days. Those desktops actually worked, and had everything most users would need. Now the X server is finally stable, and can configure itself automatically, and the kernel has much better driver support... And where the hell are desktops? Gone, in favor of bloated KDE 4 and braindead Gnome 3.

Things were coming together. And then they all fell apart because a few people couldn't get enough eyecandy.

Hurray.

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