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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Supported software and OS
by Lennie on Sat 1st Sep 2012 14:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
Lennie
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2007-09-22

64-bit windows doesn't support DOS or 16-bit Windows 3.x programs either.

Linux is source-compatible with pretty much any commandline program from the 1990's.

And many original Unix programs.

Modern Linux programs do have some bloat:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbv9L-WIu0s

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