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: Comment by ilovebeer
by dsmogor on Thu 30th Aug 2012 11:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
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The choice would be great if the pieces would actually be interchangeable. But the problem is they don't so the user is either presented with box of bricks that don't exactly fit together (aren't created to do that) with a non-trivial task of assembling them to make something functional (lots of hand made glue needed) or can get a someone else's puzzle with obvious all or nothing approach. While there's a lot of such puzzles none of those set aligns with 100% of given user needs. In other oses (of pre IPad era) , while the set of bricks one selects is definitely smaller ("less choice") they can actually be easile mixed and matched to generate far greater number of combinations that number of Linux distros.

Edited 2012-08-30 11:24 UTC

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