It seems that the FOSS community sees its ranks expand just about every day, as new fans of free and open source software join the fold. What's much less common is to see former advocates of Linux and FOSS change their minds and depart. That's pretty much what happened last week, when GNOME cofounder Miguel de Icaza announced that he has abandoned desktop Linux in favor of Apple's Mac platform. "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," he said.
Man overboard? Not at all. He's a traitor and must be hunted down and made an example of! Just kidding. I can see his point. Nobody in their right mind would want to use the Unity interface unless it were on a pad or cell phone. Nobody wants to use the broken Fedora package. KDE with their big goofy icons belongs in a third world country where they are teaching people on how to use a mouse. Really the only clean good distribution out there is Linux Mint 14 XFCE. It's beautiful, light weight, and doesn't change from release to release allowing users to do their work instead of battling with the OS.