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: Linux killed itself
by chemical_scum on Thu 30th Aug 2012 19:48 UTC in reply to "Linux killed itself"
chemical_scum
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2005-11-02

Has any linux GUI developer ever sat down and said to windows users how they would want their desktop environment to look/feel?


Yes Sun paid for and organised a usability study on Gnome 2 in the early 2000's in Ireland with Windows users. The improvements resulting from this study in part made the later releases of Gnome 2 as good as they are.

Still using Gnome 2.3 in Ubuntu 10.04 today.

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