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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I don't get the Linux doomsayers
by TechGeek on Thu 30th Aug 2012 03:24 UTC
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2011 was the first year that Gartner actually measured more Linux servers being sold that Windows servers. While it had been speculated in the past due to the blank server issue, in 2011 it was obvious. On top of that we have Android coming on just about every type of device you can imagine. Sure, Linux isn't really growing on the traditional desktop like Windows 7 or XP ran on. But then again, everyone, Apple, Microsoft, Google, is betting on a dramatic shift in the desktop paradigm. Enjoy OSX while you can. I have no doubt Apple will turn it into a walled garden just like iOS and Windows 8 RT. The desktop doesn't really matter.

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