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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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.

Windows 7 is a great success. Windows 8 isn't even out yet so there's no way to gauge whether it's a "disaster" or not. Even if it flops, it will be little more than a speedbump for Windows.

In terms of desktop, OSX is chugging along as usual. Windows is doing great as usual. And Linux continues to be the red-haired step child. The `whole desktop space` is not suffering, it's business as usual.

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