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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by bassbeast on Thu 30th Aug 2012 18:35 UTC in reply to "..."
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And the sad part? Retailers like me that have been saying these exact same things for years have been attacked and called every filthy name in the book for daring to point out the emperor is bare assed.

I mean do you think we small shops LIKE shelling out so much of our potential profits to MSFT? Think they give us even a teeny tiny discount? Hell they've been royally screwing system builder FOR YEARS, yet every time guys like me would test the 5 or 6 distros that the community deemed "ready for the desktop!" and point out the same stuff he's pointing out we'd get told we were "dirty M$ shill poo poo heads!" and told we were liars for reporting what we were seeing with our own two eyes, the broken drivers, updates borking systems, the same problems year after year after year.

I had tried for 7 solid years, from 2003-2010, to find just one that could take the place of Windows Home, but none did. Now when someone claims "Distro X is ready for the desktop!" I'll simply download whatever version they offered 3 years ago and update it to current. Since Windows has 10 years of support its not a fair test, but too many distros have come out in the past few years to make a fair test possible. What do I find? broken drivers, updates breaking stuff, alpha quality software, googling for fixes. the same problems I ran into in 2003.

I hope it gets better, i really really do. I make less than $50 a sale thanks to how badly MSFT gouges, but I can't give a customer a system that is gonna break the first time they update and I can't afford to give away lifetime support with such low margins. And before somebody trots out "support contracts" (which I've been told multiple times is my "solution") I'd like to point out home users HATE Best Buy for their trying to shovel extended warranties, they certainly aren't gonna jump on support contracts.

Fix this and I will promote the living hell out of Linux, but until then I have no choice, its Windows only at my shop.

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