Or maybe you'll do neither, because your argument is not based on reality (i.e. Banshee was the second lightest player tested), but on religion (ARGH MONO BAD ARGH)
Nobody cares.you people disgust me.
Yeah, really insightful comments there. Why do you suppose there's no decent video/sound editing software? I'll tell you why, because the Linux desktop is FRAGMENTED. Google it, maybe you'll learn something. There is no standard desktop, some distributions ship KDE, some ship GNOME, others Unity or other obscure DE. Accelerated graphics drivers are not installed by default. If the major distributions decided on some sort of common ground (desktop environment, display server, installed libraries, etc.) it would obviously be a huge step, this is what UnitedLinux tried to do. Ubuntu tries to do something about it but without including others in their decisions.linux is by far the most advanced and adaptable operating system I have used. It pains me to have to use windows just because of the lack of programs in linux
I am fully aware that if developers bothered optimizing their programs for linux, the same they do for windows, linux would be light years ahead of win.
The lack of software is the deal breaker and what is keeping linux down you dumb fucks. That and subpar support from vendors like intel etc
You could have the most amazing desktop environment ever that would suck your dick and pat your back at the same time and it wouldn't mean shit since there's no decent video/sound editing software, image manipulation etc etc etc...
and I suppose the frantic pace of development that makes linux so good is also a killer when it comes to third party programs.
You can go on believing the Linux desktop is perfect if you want, the reality is very different.
Last edited by arokh; 03-08-2013 at 10:07 AM.
As you can see here this is from Microsoft stating that they were able to survive because programs were so absolutely reliant upon the windows API. In short there is the software incompatibility issue, with it being non-trivial to port an application that relies so much upon that API. However Microsoft has actually tried to push away with that with the creation of .NET and it's open specs related to it.Originally Posted by Microsoft's head of C++ development, Aaron Contorer
Related to the former issue there's been quite the lack of commercial software, yes you could WINE but whether it's going to work is hit or miss. Valve is changing this.
Then we've got the issue that no company has really been pushing Linux to the masses or the OEMs, sure Canonical claims to do that but honestly they're relying upon their community to do the marketing. While they have a relationship with Dell, until project sputnik came along Ubuntu was a 3rd class citizen to Dell, and I think project sputnik has far more to do with Dell than Canonical. Valve on the other paw is beginning to actually push linux to consumers and is working with OEMs on the steambox spec.
To further expound on the previous point the average consumer does not have the confidence (note confidence not competence) nor see the need to install an alternative OS and so what the OEMs provide them they'll take. If the OEMs do not provide it as a first class option, well.. the average customer quite simply won't buy it because they don't even know it's available. Again.. Valve is changing this.
Quite simply this idea of: "If we build it they will come", doesn't work with just pushing an OS you have to be pushing a product. Which until Valve came along no company has done. My point here is ultimately that it's a lot more complex than "Linux hasn't gained market share since it's not good enough". Yes Linux has some areas we're really sucky in at the moment, the display server being the prime example, however thankfully the infrastructure is getting revamped due to the systemd CoreOS push and Wayland. Again though even if Linux were the best, most perfect OS ever without a company like valve pushing it to the masses & OEMs and the masses wouldn't adopt it.
Also we do have accelerated graphics drivers by default for most desktop cards now, you can argue about whether they're any good versus the binary drivers but they are accelerated.
I would imagine since you care so much about this issue of fragmentation you have heard about the LSB right? http://www.linuxfoundation.org/colla...workgroups/lsb and systemd's CoreOS, although as a developer I can tell you that the fragmentation argument is largely BS, as long as you're using libraries available everywhere (like Qt or GTK) you'll be fine.
Last edited by Luke_Wolf; 03-08-2013 at 01:17 PM.
there are two kinds of people who like MacOSX.
Those who sit around starbucks all day long, telling everybody how great it is
And those who had the pleasure to do some work with it and hate its guts.
Undeletable files, beachballing it just by opening a word doc, vanishing files come not for free. You have to pay a lot for it.