This is why...

Date: 2014-05-19 12:01 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This is why end user focused distributions like Fuduntu and SolusOS were hugely popular with end users, they targeted end user use cases and provided real solutions to desktop usability even if sometimes those solutions were ugly hacks. Sadly, this is also why they and others have all failed.


Unfortunately, FOSS developers only care about the shiny ball they are chasing and don't care to do any work beyond the scope of what they care about, take systemd for example, and Lennart's recent refusal to even help test on libc because they don't use it. It's the absolute wrong mindset to have, and it's why you see more and more people considering leaving for FreeBSD on servers and OSX on their laptops and PCs. This new age developer is unlike developers in our past who actually cared to see the whole platform succeed. That's why every one of these end user focused distributions has failed, or will fail and it's why Ubuntu gets little to no upstream support. You'll keep seeing people developing for Linux on OSX because that experience is so much better that it's not worth anyone's time to constantly screw with a Linux desktop to make it work.
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