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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For those who say that AutoCAD and Photoshop are applications aimed to a tiny set of professional users, I would like to stress that what I said is that average users buy is a fuzzy feeling of that the applications they are used to work with will be available if the machine is powered by a Windows operating system. AutoCAD and Photoshop were just two examples.

The average user might has never worked with AutoCAD, Photoshop or the like, and do not expect to ever do it. However he is aware of that most of the applications will run on a Windows powered machine, being one of the reasons that he knows people who pays their bills by working with tools like AutoCAD or Photoshop - to mention two examples -, which are only available for Windows.

As somebody wrote, it is software what actually sells hardware. I add that applications are what actually sell operating systems. And I insist that this fact is what allowed Microsoft to survive to a fiasco as huge as the crappy Windows Vista: for most users there was not alternative

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