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: Icaza is full of himself
by dsmogor on Thu 30th Aug 2012 10:47 UTC in reply to "Icaza is full of himself"
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I think you have misunderstood what HP really said. That he meant is at that time (W98 era) is that Linux didn't have to care about compatibility to *existing* apps bc there weren't any, while MS had to put up with mountain of hacks comming from DOS era.
For the record GTK which was one of HP main projects has one of the best binary compat track records in the OSS world.

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