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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It couldn't...
by macUser on Thu 30th Aug 2012 01:15 UTC
macUser
Member since:
2006-12-15

...have anything to do with the holier than though attitude "power" users have with the n00bs. Nothing like getting shouted down/belittled in a forum to entice people to join your platform.

So, not only are Miguel's points valid, but the culture attracts a high portion of alpha jerks.

RTFM! (RTM works just as well).

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RE: It couldn't...
by shmerl on Thu 30th Aug 2012 01:57 in reply to "It couldn't..."
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

While his criticism of often changes in the ABI is a valid concern, your point about n00bs treatment is completely invalid. Many Linux communities are very helpful for new users.

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RE: It couldn't...
by Gullible Jones on Thu 30th Aug 2012 02:43 in reply to "It couldn't..."
Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

To be honest I haven't really noticed this. Some of the Linux forums I've been on have actually made it a policy to prohibit insulting other people's OS choices. Could be what communities I'm in though.

BTW, while I think everyone but the fans will acknowledge that Linux has a fan problem... Is anyone else disturbed by the way some people insult Linux users? I've seen the word "freetard" bandied about a few times for instance, and occasionally worse than that; and I'm a bit put off that people are willing to insult each other over choice of operating system, which IMO is really pretty silly.

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RE[2]: It couldn't...
by ze_jerkface on Thu 30th Aug 2012 06:33 in reply to "RE: It couldn't..."
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Is anyone else disturbed by the way some people insult Linux users?


Not at all, like Yankees fans they're annoying assholes who are asking for it.

The most over-the-top fanboy behavior I have seen has been from Linux youth. This is the group that has sent death threats to LINUX BLOGGERS over unacceptable posts.

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