Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Mar 31, 2012 9:50 UTC (Sat) by farnz
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And yet Mac OS X does require you to upgrade XNU, Cocoa, Quartz and other system components to get new image editing applications. It's just that instead of applications telling you "you need Cocoa 1.5 and Quartz 3.7", you get told "Mac OS X 10.6 or later required". If you happen to be on an older Mac OS X, you must upgrade the entire system to get the new application (or new version of the existing application.
Maybe that's all that's wrong here? If applications stopped chasing "Linux", and started chasing (say) RHEL (so you need RHEL 5.2 or later to run the binary, or you're on your own), or Ubuntu (runs on 10.10 or later), people would be happy?
I suspect, though, that you'd hit the same problem as eComStation selling OS/2 - there's one OS/2 "distro", it's ABI compatible back to early OS/2, installers are Windows-style executables, and yet it doesn't have much software available. Why? Market share.
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