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: ... Good.
by dsmogor on Thu 30th Aug 2012 09:45 UTC in reply to "... Good."
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As I said, the prospect of Linux desktop actually making a difference to outer world motivated a lot of devs. WO that motivation they will find better stuff to do (like mobile stuff) resulting in slow degradation of Linux desktop projects. This equals either radical feature trim (Gnome 3) or slow collapse in quality department.
This won't happen overnight but is evident already.

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