One of the attendees at recent conferences of BUILD Microsoft had the opportunity to talk about Windows 8 with one of the Open Source personalities. Miguel de Icaza , we talked about recently, was also there to see what was going in Redmond, and this user had the opportunity to ask about Windows 8 may impact Linux.
Asked whether there could be an open implementation of the interface in Linux Metro, to which De Icaza said a clear and strong
not think so. To be honest, with Linux on the desktop, the advantages of Open Source Linux have played against in the manner in which they keep breaking things. Not only are there inconsistencies between Red Hat, Ubuntu or SUSE, but even between the same distribution. The Ubuntu this week is incompatible with what we had for nine months. And there are many editions, the version of KDE, GNOME version …
When you count the really important applications exist for Linux on the desktop will probably only get to be able to name 10. If you try, you might get to appoint 20. We managed to make life impossible for the developers at every step of the way, destroying the APIs continuously.
The conclusion is that I have a broken heart.
De Icaza’s words are harsh, and although there are some arguments against, it is not impossible to have a Linux clone of Metro, of course, and the number of applications “major” desktop could also be much more what criteria, is spot on with that is both the biggest advantage as the biggest problem for Linux. Freedom .
may be right about that . This great freedom offered by Linux and Open Source is the cause of this “fragmentation” and that many developers have too much trouble to keep their applications to work seamlessly on any distribution. And it is spot on with the incompatibilities between distributions and even among the same distribution, although again these inconsistencies are emphasis.
any case, De Icaza, who was the creator of GNOME and Mono, seems to have accepted that Linux on the desktop too many drawbacks Jan you to succeed as many would like. And maybe even what we would like to triumph is right that those freedoms can play against the success of our favorite operating system.