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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Perhaps you should consider extending the size of your sample in order to provide a better view of why it is that people use Windows or OSX over Linux on the desktop?

Also extend the scope of application, try Office and iTunes for example. See how things change...

The original claim was about Photoshop and and AutoCAD, so that is what I was arguing about. Nothing more, nothing less--and nothing else. Obviously if you consider Office and iTunes things change, but you made no mention of them in your original post. But that was not the argument; the argument was that such highly specialized, professional pieces of software are NOT why the vast majority of Windows run Windows. Simple as that. I wouldn't consider an office suite to be "highly specialized" or "professional" either really; I learned to use MS Office and other office suites in freaking middle school.

I am not claiming that Windows has no software exclusive to it that helps to propel it above all else. I am just saying that two highly-specialized professional applications don't make much of a dent in the overall mass use of Windows, unless you're a business and need them. Hell, I've even heard claims that even image professionals that use Photoshop would prefer to do it on a Mac. True or not, I don't really give a damn--but the point is, even Photoshop is not exclusive. Not sure about AutoCAD (again, don't care).

Your other two examples are, IMO, better ones--they're something a lot of people use, with Office having a heavy presence on businesses but certainly not exclusive to use by them. iTunes is something more "personal" and unlikely to be on a business machine, but I wouldn't doubt a lot of people--whether they have a business job or not--have it on their personal home machines. On the subject of Windows exclusivity, you sure as hell don't need Windows to run iTunes either--and being an Apple program, it probably purposely runs better on a Mac anyway.

Edited 2012-08-30 04:04 UTC

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