Sun, 19 Oct 2008
Christian worries about how to grow the desktop share in the free desktop.
For example let's look at the reactions to Chromium (which I believe was released way too early):
Linux and Mac versions have not been launched
Google announce ... Linux version ... delayed. Why do they do this by not considering ... Linux
I've just picked three links but the trend is clear. The digirati want to use Linux and Mac OS X to evaluate new technologies NOT Windows. Sure, some of them still have those boxes around for “client work”. But that is not what they use day-to-day.
Now let's take a look at Mozillas' Geode. Here is the Introduction to Geode. Look at the comments:
Why is it not compatible with Linux(first one)
Ele é compativel com linux?(seventh one)
In fact the outcry was enough for lack of Linux support that is merited a follow-up Common Geode Q&As:
Geode is meant as a temporary solution to allow websites to experiment with geolocation today. … Skyhook is built in. A side effect is that Linux isn't supported for the simple reason that Skyhook hasn't implemented Linux drivers. Although not ideal. …
A year ago this would not have happened. This amount of push-back from the digirati that the new technology they are supposed to look at and evaluate is not available on their platform would have been accepted as a matter of course.
Now, though, they all expect it on their platform of choice. We've won, already.
Whilst the largest user-base remains the Windows market, if you want the digirati to look at and evaluate what you have to offer it needs to work on Linux & Mac OS X. Another example, while I remember, is Adobe releasing Flash 10 for Linux on the same day as other platforms.
So what does mean for Christian's question?
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