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[5]: Bitter Miguel
by lucas_maximus on Thu 30th Aug 2012 12:43 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Bitter Miguel"
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It fragmentation which is what Miguel was on about, installation is just one issue that is difficult.

Easy of use and things happening without effort is a big deal. Saying "once you learn how a package manager works" ... are you serious? You need to have a mental picture of what packages and dependences are, I certainly couldn't explain it easily to 90% of the office I work with and most of them are fairly decent at using a Windows PC.

Of course you can say "well they don't need a full understanding", then you are encouraging people to mindlessly type things into a terminal as an Admin users, it is no different than people mindlessly clicking through installs (while being potentially more damaging to the system).

It not just installation either. It is a whole host of things that is wrong with Linux, you can say this or that is easy (IF YOU KNOW HOW) but there is soo much fragmentation and little niggly problems that all add up to a lot of frustration if you don't know how to fix them. Fragmentation only (even between versions of the same distro things can be different) makes this worse.

And using contrived examples such to prove a cheap point doesn't his comments any less relevant or meaningful.

But whatever, Linux users have a long history of ignoring what other people are saying and just classify those with decent concerns as "haters".

Edited 2012-08-30 12:47 UTC

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