Hace unos momentos leía el post oficial sobre la liberación de la versión 19 del navegador web Opera, y con tristeza volvía a confirmar que aún no sacaban una versión para Linux. La esperanza aún seguía viva.
At my previous employer, a small browser vendor that decided to abandon its own rendering engine and browser stack, I stopped using our product because Linux wasn’t a priority. Numerous reasons were given, such as low market share, “only geeks use it”, all journalists use Macs, &c.
This was to the point of ridiculing the platform and the people working on it, frequently citing “Linux jokes” such as “you’ll probably have to recompile your kernel first” whenever the question was seriously raised about when we’d start at least getting the core libraries working.
And when I say it wasn’t a priority, I mean that we didn’t even have something that was in a compilable state. A few people had started fixing up the broken code to get something that would compile on Linux in their own free time. After a few weeks of hacking, they were told by management to stop what they were doing and instead focus their volunteer efforts on the project goals, being to ship a Windows and Mac version.
So the company began the process of forcefully moving developers who’d worked on Linux for over 15 years to platforms they felt uncomfortable and unproductive working on.
This is a much longer tale, but it tells the story of a company alienating not only their loyal user base, but also a significant proportion of their own developers. The result? Lack of motivation and resignations.
Ustedes, los lectores de este humilde blog, saben de mi gusto por Opera, he escrito sobre él bastante, y me entristece mucho esta noticia. A partir de hoy para mí, Opera se va al basurero de recuerdos tristes, donde le hará compañía a IE.