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[7]: Comment by woegjiub
by gilboa on Thu 30th Aug 2012 14:27 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by woegjiub"
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"Somehow, there's a stupid notion that the lack stable *driver* API makes Linux far harder to support on *the desktop*

It's not stupid at all. Fixing an in-tree driver in Linux involves a submission/approval process and then you have to wait for the distros to pick up the change. A simple bit flip can take months to get to users.

In Windows you can fix a driver and then immediately publish to the web server. You can in fact automate the entire process with a single click.

Try downloading a driver code from the Internet, compile for say, Windows 7 x86_64 or Windows 2K8 and install it and let me know how it goes. *

- Gilboa
* Hint: nothing. (As in driver-not-load-nothing)

Edited 2012-08-30 14:29 UTC

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