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 11:34 UTC in reply to "Bitter Miguel"
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I don't agree Linux never had momentum. There were times where mainstream tech magazined pitched it against windows on front page articles.
I still remember where about the only Windows advantage was its binary compatibility. It was more resource hungry, much less stable and completely unprepared for looming internet era. Linux desktop solved real problems for people at that time. It seems unimaginable how MS managed to capture desktop dominance with such a piece of crap but they did. The irony is now that Windows is decent MS is on the verge of loosing OS game.

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