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[7]: Bitter Miguel
by lucas_maximus on Thu 30th Aug 2012 14:53 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Bitter Miguel"
lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

Lol, how is it 'mindlessly' to type a specified command followed by the name of an application, and how is it at all more potentially damaging to the system than clicking on third-party installers downloaded from the web?


I seen plenty of people just type in whatever Linux instructions to solve a problem they saw on a forum.

Most third party installers won't destroy your MBR, but it easily doable with "dd" in *nix.

With an installer, you just need to know the application isn't (in most likely hood) malicious and how to follow it through.

Installing stuff through a command line interface is harder, and novice users will enter whatever you tell them.

We could argue about this all day.

Still doesn't change that Linux is fragmented and it makes it difficult for developers.

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