Cinnamon 1.4 released
Posted Mar 20, 2012 22:09 UTC (Tue) by khim
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The first thing you'd need to solve is the distro. This has nothing to do with the desktop.
It has everything to do with desktop because other flavors of Linux (Android, Server, even niche things like OpenWRT) don't have this problem: they offer quite stable and usable foundation - and have lots and lots of users. But desktop is only “wildly successful” at losing users.
The sad truth is that desktop Linux people pretend they are playing different game: they explain how they break UI in “latest and greatest” experiments (KDE4/GnomeShell/Unity) to help “Joe Average” when it fact they produce something totally unsuitable for said “Joe Average”.
The whole thing looks like a deranged luxury car: people attach nice surround systems, pretty TVs and nice seats, but nobody bothers to check and make sure said car actually has wheels attached and can move on the road. Linux kernel developers understand that perfectly. Linux desktop developers… not so much.
You make sure everybody has a corner where he can make money in and doesn't need to talk to each other. And then everybody makes money.
This not just about money. For example I know that if I want to play with video I need Windows because there I can find bazillion choices - most of them are free (thus it's certainly about fun, not about money), yet they are not available for Linux because in Linux it'll be about politics, not about fun.
As Ingo said:
This is what I meant when I said "the death cries of a dying platform". It is silence.
As things are going now I'll not be surprised to see in 5-10 years time that you can only practically run your beloved Linux desktop in a virtual box under MacOS or Android system. At which point it'll join “success” of platforms like ReactOS and Haiku. Is it what the KDE4/GNOME3/Unity/etc developers are set to achieve?
If the answer is yes then it's probably time to try that Macbook once more…
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