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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The "your code is my right" crowd underestimated how many Unix developers didn't care about politics and just wanted to get work done.

Most people including most developers don't like dicking around for an afternoon just to get sound working or to fix a broken update.

But Apple didn't kill the Linux desktop, Linux shot itself in both feet and then a team of FOSS doctors argued over which foot to start on while the patient bled to death.

Edited 2012-08-30 13:30 UTC

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