For those saying that "oh, there are too few Linux users" here's some nice insights from Steve Jobs at WWDC 1997. Yeah, that long ago when he was trying to convince developers to make software for the Mac , specifically the new (at that time) Mac OS X:
Question from last guest: That sounded really great, and as you were talking I was getting sort of caught up in it. And then it occurred to me: That’s a really great vision for Apple. But then, I asked about holes for developers.
What are you waiting for? There was a company called Lighthouse, that was actually bought by Sun about 6 months ago. They were the best next step developer. They had 18 developers, ok? They had by far and away the best presentation application I’ve seen in my life called Concurrent. I still use it today. They had a suite of 5 different apps. And each one was best of breed. The best spreadsheet I’ve ever used in my life, called Quantrix. How many of you use Improv here? Ok, Improv is the best spreadsheet on the planet, because it incorporates a whole new way of thinking about spreadsheets for people like me that want to model things. It’s phenomenally powerful. And Lotus couldn’t compete with themselves with 1.2.3 so they gave it up and Lighthouse copied it. 18 developers. 5 apps. Because of the power of this development environment.
This talking about their SDK and programming environment, but the next part is the most important:
And some people say, “Well, it will only run on a Macintosh, or it will only run on Rhapsody selling on Intel maybe and selling on a Macintosh. Jesus, it’s only a single digit percentage of the market.” Well, Jesus, it’s only 3+ million copies a year. I wouldn’t mind selling into that market. It’s huge, especially if you’re a 3 person, 10 person, 18 person software development company. Lighthouse was making a good living selling to the next step market. Give me a break!
There is all the FUD about linux and its users that "hey, these hippies don't want to pay for software. they are freetards" and not only is this rhetoric retarded but the amazing and sad part is that companies just buy it and ignore us.
Then they say "oh, there are so many distros out there, which one do we support?!". Two things
1) there are ways to pack the required libs with your executables so that everytime your software runs, it looks for the stuff you packed in and does not look at the systems libs. Put them in a tar.gz. Bam! Done.
2) define support. Looking at the community using Linux now, there is way, way less need to pamper us. I'm an advocate for a software developer that makes software for Mac and Linux. There are way, way less tickets issued by Linux folk compared to Mac users. Not because Mac users are dumb or anything, it's just because it's a demographic that includes a lot of people that are no tech savvy. The Linux guys usually solve issues by themselves and post the fixes/ workarounds. So chances are that by the time that there will be newbies using GoG's services and Linux, most problems would already be documented, ironed out and, why not, fixed.
Asking a company to do a leap of faith in today's economic situation is probably regarded as pure folly, but if one looks at the arguments, they're logic and I dare say, compeling
Source of the above quotes: http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/58082/16-Brilliant-Insights-From-Steve-Jobs-Keynote-Circa-1997.aspx