Window manager variety
Posted Apr 19, 2012 17:47 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Window manager variety
Parent article: LFCS 2012: X and Wayland
and therefor (according to you) such choices should be eliminated so that NOBODY is able to use them.
Probably. It really depends on the popularity of said things.
By that logic Linux itself should never have been created, the iPhone should never have been created, nothing new should ever be created because everyone is perfectly happy with what they have.
This is strange conclusion: we don't know if something will stick or not unless we'll try. Any new creation starts from one user and grows from there. Or not. If it becomes large enough then it gets enough resources to survive, if not then it's time to finish it.
Linux succeeded: it basically killed Unix and took it's niche, iPhone succeeded, too: it (along with Android) killed RIM and Symbian and took it's niche, webOS failed (and it's now time to write it off).
This is just a natural selection. It was not as troublesome 10, 20, or 100 years ago: markets grew, population grew, pool of knowledgeable workers grew, it was possible to keep both old and new things alive. Today… there are just not enough people to do that: if you want to continue to create something new then you must be ready to weed out something old, too.
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