Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Apr 7, 2012 1:37 UTC (Sat) by rqosa
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Oh, and a few more things:
> NEXTStep was extremely cool computer (it had rave reviews, etc)
The computer, or the OS? As for the computer, ISTR reading that it cost as much as a Unix workstation while having no better hardware than a 680x0 Mac, and it didn't even have a hard disk drive (at least on early models). No wonder it sold poorly.
> Steve's first priority was to keep existing users happy.
And you know what? If the Linux desktop were to be changed so that developers "must support old technology (often decade old technology) thus development is nightmare", existing users would be very unhappy, because a large proportion of those existing users are developers (which is how it should be, according to FLOSS ideology).
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