Why is there no viable alternative to Windows & OS/X?
To qualify, such an operating system needs to be:
- powerful and modern architecture
- works as advertised
- visually appealing
Desktop Linux doesn't qualify. It's frankensteinian in it's inconsistency. It's ugly and unpolished and lacks visual style. It's arcane and cryptic and keeps showing users messages that are meant only for the bowels of the deepest command line. Which distro am I referring to? All of them.
Windows is inconsistent - every vendor implements drivers in their own way. It's unreliable - a constant source of crashes and problems, applications doesn't work as expected, long unexplained pauses. The registry is the nightmare underpinning much of this hell. It is thoroughly crap at multitasking - OSX at least ALWAYS ensures the user retains control over the user interface. Windows just locks up when an app behaves badly. Good luck trying to sleep/hibernate and awaken. Fuck knows what Windows 8.1 is - it's certainly not a desktop OS, certainly some sort of frankensteinian monster cobbled together from the bastard child of a PC and a tablet.
HaikuOS, ReactOS, every other minor OS - they are all incomplete and unpolished hobbyist projects that will never be anything more than a curiosity.
ChromeOS - it might be nice, but I can't live with only a browser, I have a vast array of other programs I need to get by.
Please don't say "Hackintosh". I'm talking about a real, commercially supported operating system that has a market and a user base and that people pay real money to use.
Sigh.... I really wish I could go and buy some commodity hardware and install an operating system with all the polish, consistency, reliability, visual appeal and power of OS/X.
Isn't the lack of such an operating system a commercial opportunity? Can someone please create a viable OS alternative for the Intel hardware world? Or is this impossible? Maybe one of these newly minted billionaire tech kids? Start with FreeBSD as the base operating system similar to how Steve Jobs built NextStep, then do the hard work of building the desktop and widget toolkit. Polish the fuck out of it. It wouldn't be easy but hey that's why its an opportunity.
People say the desktop is in decline but I wonder if that's at least partly because they want something better than Windows but there's just nothing good available so they are moving to other platforms.