There are huge difference, however...
Posted Jan 25, 2012 21:27 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: Sorry, but you are wrong...
Parent article: Poettering: systemd for Administrators, Part XII
Frankly, having produced software for Windows for twenty years, Linux for fifteen years and OSX for three years, I find there's precious little to advocate one platform over another. All have peculiarities, pitfalls and idiosyncrasies that are consume roughly the same amount of time when making end-user software ready for installation.
The interesting question happens after you've managed to write working installer.
On Windows compatibility is big deal™ - this means that next versions of Windows will include bunch of hacks which will try to keep your software from breaking. They will not always work (it's not really possible), but it'll try to guess what to do with your program to make it usable (for example Windows Vista will automatically ask for administrator privileges for programs named install.exe or setup.exe - unless they include manifest which disabled such requests: this way old installers work and new installers may decide to not request admin provileges by default).
On MacOS the same happens - but for limited time only. For example when Mac was transitioned from PowerPC to x86 it only supported old binaries for pathetic five years. Developers were forced to recompile (and sometimes rewrite) everything in this short period.
On Linux... nobody cares. Beauty os the desktop is paramount and if it requires breaking the ABI - nobody will think twice. Libraries are added and removed in each revision of OS (sometimes even minor security updates change SO versions), files are moved around without any kinds autodetection, etc. And it looks like temporary stabilization I've talked about back then was short-lived: in last 3-4 years almost everything was broken on desktop (on level above libx11/glibc).
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