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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The *whole* Desktop space is suffering!
by DDevine on Thu 30th Aug 2012 13:49 UTC
DDevine
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2011-12-28

I don't think the problem lies with Linux (or even Windows, because Win8 on the desktop is a worse disaster than Gnome 3!) but rather with current design trends interfering with well established desktop paradigms.

Seriously, designers, fuck off with your touch screen desktop bullshit. If you want a touch interface you can go ahead and have a whole separate shell and your own sections of frameworks for your touch/tablet purposes instead of trashing the desktop stuff!

Although I feel the pain of the unstable ABIs (a real issue for proprietary software needed for specialty areas), I think that the rest of the issues are just a storm in a teacup really.

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