> If success means having lots of proprietary software available, you may be correct. But I'm not convinced that that's a good goal for us to be pushing towards.
Do you see something with the complexity and breadth as, say AutoCAD, being developed and maintained by the free software community?
> Diversity of approaches is a wonderful element of free software. I love that I can run any number of weird and wonderful window managers. My housemate, who has a Mac, feels pretty frustrated by the lack of options for workflow there.
Great. My mom doesn't know what a window manager is, she knows how to touch icons on an iOS device. She will even be confused as hell if you'd give her an Android tablet or phone. My dad is more computer-savvy, he switched from Windows to OS X three years ago. Changing from the Windows UI to OS X took him some weeks to get used to. He doesn't want to switch a window manager. In fact, 99% of the population does not care about this stuff.