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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bassbeast
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2007-11-11

Fine I'll give ya one...quickbooks. I've seen everyone from families to pretty decently sized businesses using QB, the express version if free so it doesn't even cost a dime if all you are wanting to do is manage a household. And there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that even comes close to QB in FOSSland. a Single QB girl (and its always a girl for some reason, you'd think they had a union or something) can run an entire supply house with nothing but QB and a printer, everything from inventory to payroll, all nice and neat.

But even if you are talking about "granny users" that use NOTHING but a browser, well then they'd still be in trouble on Linux, why? Well in just the past 3 years we've seen the DEs gutted and replaced, ALSA for pulse (still buggy and more likely to fail than work BTW) and the entire wireless subsystem is a lousy mess. So grandma gets that new Ubuntu machine, see the "you have updates!" and like any sane normal user pushes the button, it asks to reboot and...whoops! Sound is gone, wireless toast, and depending on the GPU she may be looking at a single user mode black screen o' death.

Sorry but that ain't user friendly, and its certainly not ready for anyone who isn't a geek which is a problem because most geeks? Have no problems running OSX or Windows either so no point in switching. The ones that need Linux the most, grandma that clicks on anything and gets bugs, can't run it because its too breakage prone and complex...now see the problem?

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