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: Bitter Miguel
by dsmogor on Thu 30th Aug 2012 10:06 UTC in reply to "Bitter Miguel"
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Miguel attempts with Mono are perfectly in line with his claims.
It was basically the last sensible effort to equip Linux with set of binary stable systen apis for applications as even GCC apparently sucks hard at this (even, GLIBC breaks binary compat from time to time).
Assuming he perceives 3rd party commercial software as customary of success for OS (that's a view most of the world agrees with) I see this as a honest effort to spare Linux desktop from irrelevance.

If you look at this from the distance this is exactly what Google did with Android, and given its success it's not hard to imagine Linux could have a shot in e.g. form factor that wasn't well served by windows (like netbooks).

Edited 2012-08-30 10:15 UTC

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