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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What really kills Linux on the desktop
by kwan_e on Thu 30th Aug 2012 01:34 UTC
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1) People don't like the idea of change
2) People don't like things you can't pay a company for
3) People don't see advertisements for Linux on television
4) People are happy with the state of affairs with Windows or OS X.

Most people are not geeks, therefore whoever says "well I use Linux on the desktop!" are living in a cocoon world.

All these "reasons" about why Linux isn't the runaway success it should be are no more than cargo cult reasoning. "They were the state of affairs at the time of the non-success, therefore they were the cause".

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justSomeGuy Member since:

2) People don't like things you can't pay a company for
3) People don't see advertisements for Linux on television

This is very true, I was just saying pretty much this the other day on /.

Wrt #2, this is especially applicable to corporate setups. They want someone to sell them support contracts. AFAIK, Microsoft's support contracts don't really do anything useful for the companies that buy them. But it allows a CTO to say "Blame MS. We have contracted support with them. I've been on the phone day and night giving them an earful."

And this pleases executives. Doesn't matter that nothing useful ever gets fixed. There is a whipping boy to blame.

Wrt #3, yes, when something is on TV and perceived as being backed by a big company, it has more perceived value in peoples' minds.

I don't really care anymore what OS people use. But I've come to think that if you really want to evangelize linux, then don't send people to Send them to They seem to have a need to pay money for something.

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lucas_maximus Member since:

I actually seen Microsoft/Microsoft Gold Partners turn up and fix things, so what you are saying is bullshit.

Edited 2012-08-30 08:27 UTC

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