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 Kroc
by neur0 on Thu 30th Aug 2012 09:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Linux is a kernel, making Android as much Linux as is Ubuntu.
So, yeah, Linux is pretty much alive on both Desktop (never been better numbers-wise), Servers, Tablets, Phones etc.
Don't know why this article is linked on OSnews. It is painfully obvious that the writer fell in love (his words) with iPhone and OSX and is now making the, well known argument "I'm switching to [whatever], therefore everyone ("many hackers") is doing it" and this article is just him rationalizing it to himself.
Getting emotional about software and his iPhone aside, I disagree with him on his main point that "compatibility across Linux distributions" is a problem. It is the package maintainer's task to make sure that the software is well implemented in the distro's environment, not developers'
What he probably meant to say was that non-FOSSoftware is a hassle to maintain. Well, I will agree with that, but this opens an entirely different. more then a decade old, can of worms called "The Cathedral and the Bazaar"
Oh, and I would like him to explain to me, what exactly is a "third party developer" in an OSS ecosystem?

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by dsmogor on Thu 30th Aug 2012 09:57 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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(edit) It didn't contradict you, maintaining 3rd party sw products is not commercially sustainable in OSS systems.
Besides, the whole approach lenient to compatibility breakage of individual projects creates a complex set of hard dependencies that are not manageable even to dedicated system integrators (distro makers) resulting in all kinds of update headaches. While every component might be technically of good quality, the composition of them is failing constantly.

Edited 2012-08-30 10:07 UTC

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