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: Comment by Kroc
by Gullible Jones on Thu 30th Aug 2012 17:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Gullible Jones
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Re the desktop ceasing to exist, I think it would be better to say that the desktop may cease to exist as a separate device.

Some things are much more easily done on a desktop. Coding, writing, image editing... Smart phones can do these things now, but don't have the right display and input mechanisms for it.

My suspicion is that, in 10 years or so, a "desktop" will be a combined monitor, keyboard, and I/O hub that you plug your phone into. IOW then-current desktops will not be separate devices for most people, because smart phones will be powerful enough to do everything a modern desktop can; but the role of the desktop will still be there, because there simply isn't a better way to do a lot of things.

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