Originally Posted by rasmith3530
Hmm, I'm one of those "techy sorts" and I have a BlackBerry. I'm assuming that you consider yourself one of those "techie sorts" and you have a BlackBerry as well. I'll lay dollars to dimes that we're not the only two computer geeks on the planet that work in IT and phones home on a BlackBerry either.
I also have to say that I've used somewhere in the area of twenty or more distros, and didn't find one of them to be "junk." They all had their good points and their bad points, but none were what I would classify as "junk."
You are quite correct though about RIM. Linux has a great share of the server market, but almost no one syncs their phone with a server (I know a few exceptions to this rule). On the desktop, Linux only has about a single percentage point (and probably less than that). RIM is not going to spend the big bucks to develop a sync solution for even the Ubuntu community that makes up a fairly high percentage of Linux desktops.
Overcome Ubuntu Bug #1 and that would probably change.
I use Linux. I use a BB. I am/have been a SW developer. I am fully aware of the cross distro problems. Many distros are abandoned junk. Many change things like installations paths and method of installation (rpm, .deb etc). It IS more work (obviously) than a single Windows target. But what you and I have is not the point. The HUGE majority of BB users are Windows/MAc users and they will be targeted first. You want to use a minority system (like me) then prepare to be a minority cause of concern.
Meanwhile I take the practical approach : petition them to make ti work under virtualbox or vmware properly.
I'm also intrigued why on earth you would use 20 or more distros? I found one good one and settled on it.