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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dsmogor
Member since:
2005-09-01

I generally agree. The slow uptake of 64bit windows (evidenced by the fact that PC memory configurations have generally stalled at 4G for several years) that doesn't guarantee such compatibility is a prove to that.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Uhhh...its stalled because most OEMs aren't paying for 4 RAM slots (the race to the bottom means every slot counts) and it is only VERY recently that 4Gb DDR 3 RAM sticks have become reasonably priced, and that is on the desktop. With laptops you often have one slot, two if you are lucky, and again the RAM prices have kept the OEMs from going higher. Hell my netbook holds 8Gb easily, only came with two even though it had Win 7 X64 installed.

If it was for compatibility reasons they wouldn't install X64 on those systems, they'd install X32.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Most of the polular end user systems I see around in s bjshops are still 32 bit. My corp is also standarized on it.

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