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 Jason Bourne on Thu 30th Aug 2012 21:21 UTC
Jason Bourne
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As a server/enterprise Linux is unbeatable. On desktop it suffers but mostly by some rules of the community, so in a certain way Icaza is right. It's a pain to cope with a new release every 6 months. Now it's a pain to cope with Unity and GNOME Shell. I think Ubuntu was doing the right thing up to 10.10. After Unity was introduced, the one major distro just started to lose its popularity.

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