Posted Aug 8, 2012 6:05 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
In reply to: Day: GNOME OS by slashdot
Parent article: Day: GNOME OS
> But as I said above, they need to ship hardware and need to invest a ton of money to compete in that space.
Linux netbooks based on existing distributions shipped and were the #1 most popular devices for a number of months.
It took about six months or so for the general computing public to figure out that what was being shipped was absolute junk and that it was more then worth it to spend a bit more money on something that could actually run Windows XP effectively.
They also realized very quickly that trying to replace the Junk Linux distributions shipped on their hardware with Ubuntu or other hyped systems resulted in just more junk and unusable installs.
Meanwhile you had folks trying to turn a Linux distribution into a mobile system for phones and tablets and failing miserably. As soon as they got something that was half-way usable they would abandon it and start over with a new toolkit or new custom Linux distribution.
The 'Linux Desktop' had it's chance and it failed miserably. People couldn't install software, developers failed to focus, and roving bands of lusers roamed various forums lambasting every attempt to improve things and just went out and bought Windows hardware to try to install Linux on because it had more variety... only to find out that Linux support wasn't there.
It's not terrible or unfortunate for people actually still interested in the Linux desktop to try to actually make the Linux desktop usable. It's not bad to examine what went wrong with Linux distributions and what went right with iOS or Android... when they were both corporate backed AND developed simultaneously.
If you want to make money and garner users and developers you have to actually make something worth spending money on, is usable, and easy to develop and install software on first.
> I believe it's pretty clear what they want: they are envious of the popularity of Android and iPhone and want to clone/replace them.
OMG, Gnome wants to make installing and developing software easy and improving the ability to utilize user's hardware... Oh what a bunch of self-centered envious dicks!