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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Can't Argue
by Lorin on Thu 30th Aug 2012 05:24 UTC
Lorin
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2010-04-06

6 months is a stretch in some cases. I have seen things stop working much sooner after a patch is applied to the system.

Only way this will be fixed is for someone to create a new distro with the goal of maintaining backward compatibility, and that will mean a business model somewhere between open and closed as far as management goes.

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