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johnnyman 2012-04-07 15:23

Reason for Ubuntu
 
...why not?

:)

markbt 2012-04-07 15:32

I'd say the biggest reason would be customer support. Not worth having to employ extra staff to handle the idiosyncrasy's of Linux for such a small user base.

Rakrum 2012-04-07 18:42

There are about as many people using Linux as OSX

Idiosyncrasies? not sure what you mean - there is sometimes a lack of unification, but fundamentally they are the same.

And it's not all that far off from OSX (compared to developing for windows and mac) aside from GUI (then again, GUI might be the real deal breaker, because people who use linux don't all use the same linux. It's kind of like Christianity...)

BonezMcCoy 2012-04-07 18:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rakrum (Post 1034931)
There are about as many people using Linux as OSX

http://marketshare.hitslink.com/oper...=8&qpcustomd=0

dreampolice 2012-04-07 19:09

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rakrum (Post 1034931)
There are about as many people using Linux as OSX

Idiosyncrasies? not sure what you mean - there is sometimes a lack of unification, but fundamentally they are the same.

And it's not all that far off from OSX (compared to developing for windows and mac) aside from GUI (then again, GUI might be the real deal breaker, because people who use linux don't all use the same linux. It's kind of like Christianity...)

WOW, yea this is way off. The total market share of OSX and Linux my be somewhat similar but the percentages of audio professionals using mac is like 65-70%, I read somewhere that 40% of props customers run OSX.

Also do some research on how terrible ALSA and pro audio in general is supported on Linux it is a giant mess. The development and tech support cost outweigh any potential sales by a landslide.

Linux has never made a dent in real desktop users. And a better use of the OSS community would be to focus on the server side where Linux really excels. OTHER than server linux has largely been a failure. (and don't bring up Android, that is NOT really linux)

labyrus 2012-04-07 22:17

Another reason: Most hardware manufacturers aren't writing drivers for Linux.

johnnyman 2012-04-07 23:41

Yes, but today's versions of Linux are really competitive, and its users number is growing fast: nowadays childrens learn how to use it at the primary schools... In a few years, even hardware manufacturers will seriously have to think about that.

danny_f 2012-04-08 00:37

OSX IS Unix under the hood you know...

bananaranha 2012-04-08 00:46

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rakrum (Post 1034931)
There are about as many people using Linux as OSX

No, there are not.

Every research on the matter, including researches using browser version strings etc that are the most accurate you can get for desktop tracking, gives Linux about 1%, whereas OS X is around 10%. That is in the states, the numbers are a little different in Europe, but OS X is still 3-4 times over Linux in the worst case. (Server side Linux use does not count. Those PCs don't buy desktop software at all).

Not to mention that people using Linux are not that prone to buy stuff --whereas OS X users already bought a quite expensive computer, and are known to be even better buyers of software than Windows users are (given their respective user bases).

The biggest problem is instability. Audio drivers, media technologies, desktop APIs etc are in constant flux, which is problematic for a binary, closed source software. And binary compatibility is bad between versions, distros, etc.

bananaranha 2012-04-08 00:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by danfarmer (Post 1035034)
OSX IS Unix under the hood you know...

And it's a certified UNIX too.

Whereas, to be exact Linux is NOT a UNIX, it's a UNIX clone:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix-like


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