Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Mar 31, 2012 20:44 UTC (Sat) by khim
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Having a boring, stable platform would be very unsexy, but it would sell like hotcakes.
Tell that to Nokia and RIM. Unless you can explain why the same people who abandoned “boring, stable platforms” on mobile (BlackBerry, PalmOS, Symbian, etc)and went with “oooh, shiny” iOS and Android will do the opposite on desktop this theory looks suspicious.
People want both “boring, stable platform” and “oooh, shiny” depending on their mood. You said so yourself:
Most of them are running some several year old version of Windows or OSX and running a mixture of older and newer apps.
Yes, and distros assume that if you want new version of GCC then you automatically need new GNOME or KDE experiments. That's the problem. It's hard to mix and match - and this is what people expect as you've explained.
That's why “just use CentOS” “solution” to GNOME3 “problem” does nor work, for example.
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