I was thinking on how to respond to another toot tonight, and it caused me to think about Linux as a competitive desktop option.

And I think that it will never make it to desktop stardom because of business. FOSS developers spend so much time reinventing the wheel because wheel XYZ doesn't it do it for them, but no time on the tools that regular users need. For example: There are so many window managers that there's a top 20 list (ubuntupit.com/best-linux-windo). Yet there is no decent PDF editor.


Apple didn't survive the 90s and early 00s because it was anything special. It survived because the design industry was keeping it alive. Steve Jobs early on gave a shit about design tools on Mac so it became a de facto standard for graphic design.

Same goes for Windows and business desktop use. There is a lot to like and not like about it, but it focused on tools and device management in a way that made business happen.

Sign in to participate in the conversation

Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.