Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jan 2010 23:06 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu development community announced today the availability of Ubuntu 10.04 alpha 2, a new prerelease of the next major version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution. This alpha is the first Ubuntu release to completely omit HAL, a Linux hardware abstraction layer that is being deprecated in favor of DeviceKit."
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RE: Linux vs Windows dev platform
by nt_jerkface on Mon 18th Jan 2010 05:43 UTC in reply to "Linux vs Windows dev platform"
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Ed W. Cogburn mostly nailed it when he said that it is mostly about the market share.
Companies will endure a lot of API annoyances and subcomponent churn if the market is worth it.

So how do you build your market with an unstable platform?

Several remarks about Linux component changes seem to imply that Windows is not having it's own comparable changes. That is silly.
I've lost count of the number of database interfaces MS published

Cue talk about Windows breaking interfaces between decades while trying to ignore the fact that Linux does it annually.

Going by history you can build a sound app in Windows and expect it to work for the life of the OS.

With Ubuntu you can't even expect it to work for a year.

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing while expecting different results and that seems to describe the state of the Linux desktop. People 10 years ago were saying that broken APIs were no big deal and that Linux would gain share anyways. It didn't gain share, it's still at 1%.

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