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 gilboa on Thu 30th Aug 2012 08:22 UTC
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To be honest, I didn't bother to read Mr De Icaza article. Given his history, I doubt that I owe him a minute of my time.
However, there's no doubt that Linux on the desktop was never a success and to be honest, I can't say that I really care.
For me and my colleges Linux (be that KDE 4.x or XFCE) is dependent environment on which we build our business.
For me and parts of my family and friends, Linux is dependable environment on which we conduct our daily lives.

Do I care that Joe-six-pack doesn't and will never use Linux? Not really - that is, if Joe-six-pack-2020 will even remember how to use a desktop computer....

If anything, the attempt to attract Joe-six-pack to Linux (Gnome Shell, I'm looking at you) only damaged Linux in the eyes of those who really care - power users.
Linux desktop is a 1-2% platform aimed at power users and will most likely remain as such. Time to concentrate on that.

- Gilboa

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