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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The desktop itself is DEAD
by Hayabusa on Sat 1st Sep 2012 21:45 UTC
Hayabusa
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2005-07-25

The Linux LAPTOP killed the Linux desktop. Once laptops became competitive price-wise with desktops, it made more sense to buy a laptop. No bulky case, no jumble of wires for peripherals, no need to buy expensive flat screen monitors anymore, and oh yeah you can take the laptop anywhere you go.

I bought a Acer Aspire 7730 in 2009. While it came with Windows 7 installed, I installed Debian Sid (via lmde) on it and have never gone back to Windows. The one nod I'll give to the author is about binaries. Debian is especially guilty of this. In this day and age of wireless networking, it's just boneheaded NOT to include the OPTION TO SELECT non-free drivers prior to install. But that's why LinuxMint rose in popularity, because they listen to and provide what users want. Even though LMDE isn't their flagship version, they worked hard to make Debian user-friendly (yes it CAN be done, note to Debian management).

That said, LMDE installed just fine, and everything worked right "out of the box" 3D support for my i915 video, audio, microphone, webcam, touchpad, etc. No config files needed to be configured in a text editor (ahh memories of 2002 & XFree86), no drivers had to be hunted for, I could get on the net, surf the net, codecs were installed, send e-mail, watch DVDs, listen to music (streaming and locally housed), IM, Skype, Write Documents, edit photos, edit sound files, etc.

And I updated the repos to SID with no issues (I like getting new software first and SID is a heck of a lot more stable than Ubuntu).

100% Free-as-in-beer. Easy to install. And if you choose KDE over Gnome/Unity/Cinnamon I'd say it's easy to use. And 95% Free-as-in-speech. I applaud the Mint Team for NOT being of the mindset that it should be extraordinarily difficult to get wireless networking up and running DURING the install because it's driver is "morally wrong, dirty, and unfit for Debian's pristine environment".

Linux works and works well on my laptop, even with upgrading SID packages everyday, no major or minor breakages in recent memory.

The bottom line: Linux has made huge strides and is easy to install and use now. While there are some Devs in the Linux World with extreme PRIMA DONNA attitudes (*cough*Stallman*cough*Debian*cough*) there are projects that have sprung up to plug these very obvious holes. Sure, Linux on the desktop is dead, but so is Windows and OSX on the desktop. This is the age of portable devices!

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