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 spiderman on Thu 30th Aug 2012 06:19 UTC
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The GNU desktop is not killed but outsold by Microsoft Windows and to a lesser extend (understatement) MacOS X because of inertia. MaxOS X is also outsold by a factor of 100 by Microsoft Windows because of inertia and MacOS X doesn't have the supposedly flows he is talking about.

So Miguel de Icaza may be right and he may have valid points about the flaws of the GNU desktop. His criticism may be valid but saying that it "killed the GNU desktop" is a bit over the top. The GNU desktop has not been killed anyway.

Miguel de Icaza knows something and thinks he knows everything. He has a point but he doesn't see the big picture.

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