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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I don't get the Linux doomsayers
by TechGeek on Thu 30th Aug 2012 03:24 UTC
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2011 was the first year that Gartner actually measured more Linux servers being sold that Windows servers. While it had been speculated in the past due to the blank server issue, in 2011 it was obvious. On top of that we have Android coming on just about every type of device you can imagine. Sure, Linux isn't really growing on the traditional desktop like Windows 7 or XP ran on. But then again, everyone, Apple, Microsoft, Google, is betting on a dramatic shift in the desktop paradigm. Enjoy OSX while you can. I have no doubt Apple will turn it into a walled garden just like iOS and Windows 8 RT. The desktop doesn't really matter.

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l3v1 Member since:

2011 was the first year that Gartner actually measured more Linux servers being sold

Add to that the vast numbers of machines that don't get into the statistics as being sold as Linux servers, e.g. probably thousands of machines in academia. I've had my fair share of presence at universities and research institutes and I witnessed only a very very tiny fraction of pre-built Linux servers being ever bought. 99.9% of them were bought as blank (without OS), or built from parts on-site, and I've seen and done a large number of desktop Linux istalls on bought-with-Windows machines as well.

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bassbeast Member since:

Moving the goalposts. The article says clearly "what killed the Linux DESKTOP" not what killed the Linux server which has never been doing better.

Just to keep everything clear and on topic, not talking servers, cell phones,HPCs, or anything other than what is considered a "desktop" aka your average bog standard desktop box or laptop, okay?

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