Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Aug 2010 22:26 UTC
Apple "When it comes to Apple products, the iPad and the iPhone get all the headlines. But in recent years, the company's Macintosh line of computers has enjoyed a remarkable revival that has been vital to Apple's emergence as the most valued technology company on Wall Street. In the latest sign of that comeback, Autodesk plans to announce on Tuesday that it is bringing its flagship AutoCAD design and engineering software to the Mac for the first time in nearly two decades."
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The problem is Linux.

It can't get anywhere on the desktop because it is too divided against itself.

The undercurrent of open source ideology doesn't help either. Companies like Autodesk are routinely denigrated for not wanting to follow open source ideology.

Now please bring your software to our divided platform you proprietary bastard.

And even if they choose one of the enterprise platforms then it is even more fun as they have to deal with the frankenstein of different API's and each with their own quirks. There is a reason why I gave up on Linux years ago and you've hit the nail right on the head - I purchase a Mac and everything just works. I purchase a Windows 7 computer and everything works without any problems - I can choose from big name mainstream software packages, my hardware is fully supported and problems are resolved rather than pushed to the back burner. Personally for me the open source world sounds a bit like a ideology that someone at college latches onto until that person confronts the real world and realises that it is unworkable and doesn't address the complex requirements.

Edited 2010-09-03 13:35 UTC

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