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 ilovebeer
by Gullible Jones on Thu 30th Aug 2012 17:11 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
Gullible Jones
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2006-05-23

Thank you, that pretty much sums up my feelings.

Re too much choice, I do think it's worth mentioning that Windows offers a lot of choice for more experienced users - not just in terms of vast numbers of Windows applications, but also modifying the desktop's behavior (e.g. with TweakUI) or even replacing it wholesale (e.g. Litestep).

The difference with Windows isn't lack of choice, it's that Windows ships with a standardized (and quite sane) default setup. Choices do exist, but diving into them is not necessary for end users.

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