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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yep
by SaschaW on Wed 29th Aug 2012 23:43 UTC
SaschaW
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2007-07-19

Something similar happened to me. I used to be a big time Amiga user, then switched to Linux in 95. I spent the last few years with Gentoo, which I really loved tinkering with. Around 2005 I moved to Windows, but never felt quite at home. Cygwin helped a lot, though. Throughout the years I installed almost every new major distro in VMware and tried it, but none worked for me. Last year I switched to OS X, and now I feel like I am having a Super-Next-Gen Amiga with BSD under the hood. Plus I am having all my opensource tools available, thanks to MacPorts. AND proprietary software like MS office, Adobe Photoshop! Wow! All in 1 OS, no dual boot or fiddling around with VMware. I can't believe I waited this long.

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RE: yep
by marafaka on Thu 30th Aug 2012 11:31 in reply to "yep"
marafaka Member since:
2006-01-03

You don't dig a well by poking 10 small holes in the ground. Or ten thousand. So you're on the apple pipeline now? Do you pray it doesn't end the same way as with Amiga?

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