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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virtualbox runs these, quickbooks and several others much better than the Windows 7 does from my experience. In particular I moved a client to Linux with XP in a VM to save them from buying another $4-5k/seat Autocad version that is needed to run it on Win 7. Win 7 could not run autocad even in XP mode. Now explaining virtualization and how they really are like 2 PCs in one and having it sink in is a bit of a task but after the first couple of weeks they got used to it and now they love it. The extra bonus of no viruses has made them an extremely happy client.

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