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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RE: Comment by woegjiub
by spinnekopje on Thu 30th Aug 2012 04:58 UTC in reply to "Comment by woegjiub"
spinnekopje
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2008-11-29

Someone on another article mentioned that we need a stable kernel API for drivers, so that they can write them once, and know that they will run against future kernel versions for the lifespan of their product.


I agree with you on that. Maybe I should add that most users really don't care whether it is open source or not, they just want it to work.

A linux desktop works fine and doesn't need much maintenance, but you need someone that can help you out when an update screws something up. Most readers here will be able to do that, but the average user doesn't know what to do.

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