Miguel de Icaza isn’t a casual PC user. He’s a life-long Linux user whose main claim to fame is the creation of GNOME, a completely free desktop environment for Linux and other Unix operating systems.
But de Icaza no longer bothers with Linux. He’s abandoned the platform for a Mac.
In a fantastic post over at his blog, de Icasa explains the feather that is Linux’s fragmentation made him stop using a Linux machine in favor of a Mac.
To me, the fragmentation of Linux as a platform, the multiple incompatible distros, and the incompatibilities across versions of the same distro were my Three Mile Island/Chernobyl.
Without noticing, I stopped turning on the screen for my Linux machine during 2012. By the time I moved to a new apartment in October of 2012, I did not even bother plugging the machine back and to this date, I have yet to turn it on.
de Icaza’s comments about Linux fragmentation really seem to mirror a lot of what we’re seeing in the Android ecosystem as well, with widescale fragmentation all but squeezing out most developers.
Could there ever be a day when Android’s fragmentation will reach such heights that even Android’s creators are openly switching to iPhone?