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 18:37 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by woegjiub"
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You have to use the signature override

A fair point but not a big deal

1. Signature override (of any [1] type) will not work w/ SecureBoot.
2. My personal experience w/ signature override is *far* less than stellar. Let alone the fact that it forces my users to jump through hopes to use my non-certified drivers.

I believe I proved my point: The lack of a stable driver API in Linux has a very, very limited effect on both in-tree and out-of-tree developers. More, I believe that I also proved my point the Windows kernel development can be just as annoying, if not worse due to specific Windows limitations (Signatures, API changes between different SP releases, etc).

- Gilboa

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