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]: Bitter Miguel
by lucas_maximus on Thu 30th Aug 2012 14:32 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Bitter Miguel"
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Sorry you do need to know what packages and dependencies are or at least have some concept of them, because when you want to install something outside of the package manager or outside of the repositories you have to either add repos or add them using a tool like dpkg or rpm. If you on a debian based distro you may even have to use alien to convert the package.

Spotify, Dropbox and Skype come to mind (Spotify is a mare to setup on anything than Ubuntu).

No it is not hard if it all works properly, but it is rarely the case and works differently on pretty much every major distro ... that is fragmentation which is what Miguel's comments were about.

As I said you kept on missing the larger overall point.

AS for me not using Linux, I pretty much tried every major distro since 2004. I run a Fedora machine and an OpenBSD user. I know my way a *nix boxen.

Edited 2012-08-30 14:40 UTC

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