Fragmentation is FUD from corporations whose marketing departments decide customers are better off with no choice.
In the FOSS world fragmentation is a marginal inconvenience for the opportunity to each one to carry his vision. Then there is natural selection and anyone can see which are the better distros to consider and there are plenty reviews to make up one's mind.
Don Quichotte de Icaza advising people to buy Macs and offering Macs even while he was 'working for Linux'... What a pompous narcissistic nerd.
I switched to Linux back in 2007, I never created a DE and I have almost zero developer skills but since 2008 I have always been advising people to have a Linux partition (and I installed light distros on low spec PCs) and to stay away from the over-priced closed Macs.
Linux needs a damn dictator. As if the current fragmented mess that is "desktop Linux" wasn't enough, they added TWO more display servers! One to fix broken X, then another one to fix the alternative and/or just to keep code inhouse. Just wow. Year of Desktop Linux (TM) didn't come in 2000, it won't come in 2020 either. This is what happens when you trust nerds to create good UI concepts for normal people. You need someone rational at the top to tell the nerds what they should code, not the other way around. I always laugh when I see people arguing that the Linux desktop is better than Windows/Mac, and has reached maturity. We all know these people spend hours setting up their desktop, installing binary drivers, desktop extensions, custom launcher docks, etc. and when they are finally done it looks kinda like a Mac except it's just a polished turd.
If the 2-3 major distributors would sit down and agree on a standard application bundle format there would a lot less fragmentation in Linux. Packages and centralized repositories are alright for maintaining the system. However, applications should be easily distributed from anywhere and from anyone, just like MacOS or Windows. Ideally the user should be able to get applications from the application creators themselves, e.g. Firefox from Mozilla, Chrome from Google, MySQL from Oracle, etc. If I was a developer of a successful open source application, I'd like the user to get a cross distro binary directly from my site. It would be a win for both me and the user.While I missed the comprehensive Linux toolchain and userland, I did not miss having to chase the proper package for my current version of Linux, or beg someone to package something. Binaries just worked.
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Not to mention that a lot of linux users just plain don't like mono, and I don't blame them.
C# and Java were great when your choices for development were C, C++98(03), or Java.
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OS X is not a bad operating system, but most Linux users don't read too much documentations and books about Darwin and OS X.
As for Mir, that's just some healthy competition for Wayland. QQ to the Wayland camp. Why shouldn't the "next Linux display tech" be exposed to some competing alternatives ? Hopefully, the technically superior one will prevail and evolution takes care of the rest.
Good luck with that boring Mac and Apple as your damn dictator.
I'm using GNOME 3 on an everyday basis, and I don't care his having been involved in it some 10 years ago, I don't feel the same nonsense that I read everywhere about this desktop, so well...
Ah, then this start to look like a nice day!
Bye bye Miguel and, for the love of god, don't come back!!