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[9]: Comment by woegjiub
by gilboa on Fri 31st Aug 2012 08:41 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by woegjiub"
gilboa
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2005-07-06

Don't use Windows, but in my experience, all you have to do is download the driver (For recent hardware, there will be 4 version of the driver - XP, Vista, Windows 7 and soon to be Windows 8).

The drivers will come in a single executable package. Bingo.

With Linux, unless you are using NVidia, it might involve tarballs (you have lost 99% of potential users right there), or hunting down a distribution specific packaged binary.


Again, your comment has nothing to do with the subject of this sub-thread:
Maintaining out of tree Linux drivers vs. doing the same under Windows due to the apparent lack of stable drivers API under Linux.
As before, please read the comments before pressing the submit button!

- Gilboa

Edited 2012-08-31 08:42 UTC

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