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[6]: Pretty alive, thanks
by l3v1 on Thu 30th Aug 2012 12:01 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Pretty alive, thanks"
l3v1
Member since:
2005-07-06

The "WORKS FOR ME" defence is a bit of an old joke now.


It's no worse than the gazillion opinion pieces out there hitting x or y distro based on the it-didn't-work-for-me-so-it-doesn't-work-for-you paradigm.

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RE[7]: Pretty alive, thanks
by lucas_maximus on Thu 30th Aug 2012 12:49 in reply to "RE[6]: Pretty alive, thanks"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

And your point is?

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RE[8]: Pretty alive, thanks
by bassbeast on Thu 30th Aug 2012 19:31 in reply to "RE[7]: Pretty alive, thanks"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Sadly he doesn't have one, he is just getting defense because you pointed out "WORKS FOR ME" is so old its actually got its own meme page..

http://tmrepository.com/trademarks/worksforme/

The really sad part is you can take the excuses that are always trotted out and match every single one to one of the memes at TM repo that have been there for years. The same excuses over and over for the same problems.

In the end I would just point out a few little facts: Dell has to run their own repos, even though they sell Ubuntu on less than a dozen units, why? Ubuntu keeps breaking the drivers.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1530558/ubuntu-broken-dell...

You've had Walmart, Best Buy, Asus, MSI, all of these companies that tried selling Linux units, all quit, why? same problem, constant breakage meant it was costing more in after sale support than they were making on the units, and between that and the returns they were losing money.

http://blog.laptopmag.com/ubuntu-confirms-linux-netbook-returns-hig...

And finally you have system builders like me, that have been royally boned by MSFT on prices, yet we won't use your product, why? Same reason the big guys don't, after sale support was killing me and if I'd have kept selling Linux units I would have had to close my doors.

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