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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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2012 07:51 UTC
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And whilst everybody continues to argue about Linux and application support, millions and millions of iPads (and soon Google tablets) are being sold and users are getting their stuff done on all new apps that only exist on mobile platforms.

By the time Linux catches up to the desktop of now, the desktop won't exist any more, and the next gen of apps that consumers require won't be on Linux either.

Making Linux for the average user should be dropped immediately and a single, unified, concerted effort should be put into a single, unified mobile platform.

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