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 ilovebeer on Thu 30th Aug 2012 06:33 UTC
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Just a few comments..

First, stop going on about how the Linux desktop isn't dead because "you" are using it to post how it isn't dead. It was neither said nor implied that the Linux desktop vanished or doesn't exist. The piece is about how it's never become a real success. Stop being drama queens about it.

Next, too much choice often IS bad for users because they feel overwhelmed and lack the knowledge to make a good decision. Couple that with the fact that many users don't actually know what they need or want and all that choice is even worse. It's no surprise that some of the most popular Linux distros are the ones that try really hard to be like Windows.

Also, arguing that Linux doesn't have compatibility and breakage problems is like trying to argue the Earth is flat. Everybody knows it's bullshit and they've known it for a long time. That being said, yes, in some use cases it can be very stable. Don't get too excited however, the same can be said for the competition.

Linux can be a great choice depending on what you need out of your OS, software, and hardware. BUT, it can also be a horrible choice as well. Anyone who doesn't understand that or is unwilling to admit it has their head in the clouds. Linux suffers from a whole myriad of problems that can easily make it a poor choice for Joe Average.

Lastly, OS worshiping/bible-thumping is moronic. The more "you" do it, the more of an idiot you make yourself out to be. There is no "best", only what works best _for you_.

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