[CentOS] OT: linux desktop market share more than 1%

Sat Oct 9 00:21:17 UTC 2010
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 10/8/10 5:55 PM, Warren Young wrote:
> On 10/8/2010 4:40 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:
>> On 10/8/2010 5:25 PM, Warren Young wrote:
>>> But a fair comparison would be the Adobe Creative Suite, since Adobe
>>> presumably wants their software used everywhere.  You can't blame Adobe
>>> for not porting it.  They've dipped their toe in the water several
>>> times, and shied away each time.
>> I don't blame any software vendor for not porting to Linux, but the
>> problem is self-inflicted by the Linux distributions refusing to
>> standardize the available libraries and APIs so binary packages can work
>> across them.
>> Probably the best we are going to see now will be javascript-framework
>> applications that run portably inside browsers.
> Flash Builder is based on Eclipse, which runs on Java.  That's about as
> close to your speculated environment as you can wish.  And, it's not
> like Eclipse doesn't already run well on Linux.

Umm, yeah... I've tried to find java on Centos for eons.  It's only very 
recently that it is there at all and odds are that you'll still get something 
that won't work as your default.

> I think the explanation is different: they tried for a few years to drum
> up support for FB on Linux, too few customers showed up, so they decided
> to refocus on the two platforms that do make them money.

Probably everyone using this tool will have Windows and Macs to test their 
output anyway.  If you have that, why work on a platform where you have to fight 
against the kernel to get a working video driver and against the distribution to 
get a working java?

> Y'all may recall a different example: Word Perfect was also once offered
> on Linux for about a year, then pulled.  OpenOffice wasn't even around
> at the time, so you can't blame competition.  Corel had a near open
> field to play in, and still couldn't make a buck.

Did you ever try that product?  Even free it wouldn't have been a win against 
Word on Windows - which was getting bundled on most new PCs at the time anyway.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com