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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by phoenix on Fri 31st Aug 2012 03:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Or, use FreeBSD. A couple people are running FreeBSD 1.1.5 binaries on FreeBSD 9.0. That's over 10 years of backward compatibility.

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by bassbeast on Fri 31st Aug 2012 06:21 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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Oh I'm quick to give credit to the BSD guys, top notch they are. They also have a hardware ABI (Like Windows, OSX, Solaris, etc) so the drivers don't break like they do in Linux.

The problem is we just have never had someone come along and really promote BSD like it deserved. If Shuttleworth would have spent those millions on BSD instead of Linux we might see a true third way right now, instead we just got the same broken guts with Canonical pretty on top.

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