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Dividing the Linux desktop
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Except that there's no Photoshop, or Mass Effect, or CoD.
And that's the main problem of Linux, not some unusual interface defaults. Users can get used to strange UIs, but they can't get used to not having their favorite applications.
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Posted Mar 21, 2012 13:20 UTC (Wed) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
And that's the main problem of Linux, not some unusual interface defaults.
Yup. The problem here is not even the fact that Linux has tiny market share (albeit it's the probtoo). The most problematic fact is that Linux is still stuck in old UNIX do-it-yourself paradigm. For the people who are accustomed to compile software from the source Linux is awesome and distributions are pretty usable. And Linux have managed to conquer this niche. When was the last time you've seen Sun or SGI workstations in actual use?
The problem is with the other 99% of users: people who don't know or don't care about compilation from source. The recent trend looks crazy: KDE/GNOME/etc developers pretend to care for this exact segment with streamlined UI, social integration, etc while distributions continue to care only about users who can compile everything themselves. The end result is perfect for the intersection of these two groups - but the size of said intersection is 0.1% at best! If KDE/GNOME/etc care about these users then they need to either convince distributors to care about third-party developers or invent some clever way to sidestep distributors.
Users can get used to strange UIs, but they can't get used to not having their favorite applications.
This is not 100% true. If it were 100% true then switch from Windows to MacOS and switch from Symbian to Android will be unexplainable - yet they are happening. Users can pick different “favorite applications” - but only if there are wide enough selection. Games are especially fashion-affected: even few weeks of delay are reason for discussion on forums. Few months required to be added to the repo (few years in case of Debian or Ubuntu LTS)… this is just not acceptable.
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