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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RE: Inertia
by dsmogor on Thu 30th Aug 2012 09:36 UTC in reply to "Inertia"
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Linux desktop is dead as a mainstream contender. The world domination plans to launch adequate and self sustainable alternative to Windows are dead. And that was one of major motivators for free software developers in the area. Other claim is that platform is not growing and developers are fleeing. That claim needs of course hard data to be proven but gut feeling confirms it.

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