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Why Does the Linux Desktop So Lack Proprietary Apps?

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Over the past few years, I've watched the progress of the Linux desktop continue to evolve beyond my wildest expectations. I've smiled with satisfaction as the Linux kernel and various distribution developers kept up with their proprietary software developer counterparts – and in some cases surpassed them.

Yet despite all this success, it seems like adoption of proprietary software on the desktop Linux platform remains spotty at best.

What's interesting about this situation is that Linux on the desktop is ripe with opportunity for proprietary vendors looking to sell their wares. Even forgoing the Ubuntu Software Center, there's enough users among other competing desktops alone to attract proprietary vendors to produce a Linux-specific software product.

So what exactly is the problem then? What's the hold up?

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