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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Photoshop and AutoCAD are the de facto standard in some areas, and some people make a living using them. I know using the computer for professional purposes, what a weird concept...

No, my point is exactly what you said. These programs are for highly specialized, professional purposes. The claim that a lot of people "choose" to run Windows for certain programs especially, and then listing these two specifically, is just false for the vast majority of Windows. That is the claim I was arguing.

They choose a computer; chances are it comes with Windows. Most of the time, Photoshop and AutoCAD don't even come into play. Many people probably don't really even know what the two programs are, and if they did, they would be lost if they tried to use them. Most of the people I know or have heard of that brags about having a program like one of these does it purely to brag that they got a ridiculously expensive program for free; a piece of software that they would have "legally" had to spent a metric shit-ton on just to get, that is way above their heads.

Edited 2012-08-30 02:44 UTC

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