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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by krreagan on Thu 30th Aug 2012 03:10 UTC
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The reason why I punted FreeBSD/Linux as a desktop was because the apps were almost usable, but not quite.

I can't tell you how many applications I'd download and try to use. But could not because the developer did not finish it! They would make a great start and get to the 90% point and leave the last polishing out. There was a lot of time spent on the original app but they would get bored (or something) and not put the polish to it to actuall make it usable. These arn'ts incompatibility issues but polish issues.

The most famous of these is an office replacement, I tried Many but none were usable as a full replacement for MS Office. So I punted and went to the Mac.

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