Cinnamon 1.4 released
Posted Mar 20, 2012 14:41 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: Cinnamon 1.4 released
Parent article: Cinnamon 1.4 released
if Linux loses its key attributes (at least from the kernel level) of flexibility and backward compatibility, I don't think it will do well on the desktop.
How can you lose something you never had in first place? Linux desktop compatibility is not bad. It's not awful. It's practically non-existent as I've explained many times.
Kernel? Sure. Pretty good compatibility. GLibC? Slightly worse but still pretty good. Xlib? Acceptable, too. GNOME/KDE/etc? Compatibility is for sissies, we'll break everything regularly - people will just rewrite/recompile everything, right?
And yes, this one hurdle was more then enough to lose battle for desktop. Compatibility is strict requirement for a successful OS. It needs other things, too, but without compatibility there can never be a success story because every time you break compatibility you lose significant amount of users (you lose them when you break compatibility years later, too, but by that time people naturally drift to new things thus absolute number of “lost” users is small). Do it enough times and you'll go to irrelevancy.
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