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In our technology-driven world, innovations abound – in both hardware and software. In recent years most of those innovations have been in big data and artificial intelligence, including the realm of self-driving vehicles. I’m not a hardware guy per se, so much of my interest is in open source or free software, so while some people unwind by playing games like Desert Treasure slot online, I tend to spend some of my time looking into all things Linux and BSD, occasionally looking back at some of those projects that did not pan out as intended.

And there have been a fair number of those. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the top 5 open source projects that failed miserably.

Ubuntu Phone

Ubuntu Phone promised a lot, but in reality, it delivered very little. Its interface was shockingly bad, it looked ordinary and dull, and the “scopes” idea was arguably one of the worst of all-time in this space. Perhaps transferring Canonical’s Unity to the mobile interface might have made a difference to the Ubuntu Phone, but sadly it was ultimately a missed opportunity by its creators. As far as overall phone quality goes, the Ubuntu Phone is easily one of the worst ever too, even though most people wanted it to succeed badly.

Apartheid Linux

Focusing its attention on hatred, bigotry, and “white power”, Apartheid Linux was as poisonous as it was useless. We’d rather not cover it in great detail or link to the website, especially given the current climate, but it certainly caused quite a stir when it was made available. A look back through the history of open source and Linux will show you that it (Linux) was never meant to cause such hatred and spout rhetoric which would upset people, but sadly that is exactly what Apartheid Linux did.


A distributed social network, a bit like Facebook, diaspora featured people from the world of independently owned nodes. Together, they formed a network, and it wasn’t owned by anyone. It was also licensed under the GNU-AGPL-3.0 license, which sounds encouraging on the surface, but delve deeper and the result was utterly depressing and incredibly sad. Diaspora’s co-founder committed suicide likely due to existing mental issues made worse by the pressures of trying to run the project. The project was launched in 2010, and as of Sep. 2019, version 1.0 is yet to be released.

The Steam Machine

In an attempt to bring gaming into the Linux world and create something more than just their Steam gaming platform, The Steam Machine was born. It died soon after, though. A Linux-based gaming console hoping to convince PC gamers to jump onboard, The Steam Machine never really took off. In fact, it failed pretty badly, but nobody is quite sure why. Reasons such as delays, cancellations, and high cost of entry were mentioned, but no facts were ever revealed.


Promising to be an open-source database capable of pushing real-time updates for query results to applications, RethinkDB didn’t really live up to its hype. In fact, it bombed massively. It used ReQL query language, and then domain-specific language for Java, JavaScript, Python and Ruby. Sadly, though, as quoted by the RethinkDB makers themselves, it never got going due to “inexplicable perversity of human nature and clever machinations of MongoDB’s marketing people.” And they got that right, as MongoDB went on to record the type of success RethinkDB craved.

I could probably find a few more open source projects that failed miserably, but this should do for now.  

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9 Responses

  1. Gnome3 is a dog’s breakfast that derseves every bit of opprobrium it has received.

    That said, we may look back on it as the trigger for something useful and which emerges as a popular standard that becomes as familiar as Windows or Android.

  2. These articles are pointless. Saying that Cinnamon is better than Gnome 3 is like saying Granny Smith apples are better than Fuji apples. It is purely a matter of preference. I, like a lot of other people, resisted the change that Gnome 3 represented, but unlike most, I didn’t just say, “This sucks” and give up on it. Most reviewers who continue to harp and rail against Gnome 3 are people who try it for a week, say, “This sucks”, and then go to something else. Then a new release comes out, they try it for a few days, again say, “This sucks”, and go back to what they were using before. I’m not saying that Gnome 3 is the be all and end all of desktops, as there are many things I would like to change about it, but unlike most, I have used it continually now for the last two or three release cycles and there are plenty of things to like about it as well as to hate about it. But I am now past the initial learning curve and find it to be comfortable.

    If you like Cinnamon, then go ahead and use it and sharing you knowledge of how to run it on Fedora is a good thing, but the vitriol poured out on Gnome 3 is just plain stupid. Vote with your feet. Leave Gnome 3 behind and devote all of your energy to the desktop that best suits you. I on the other hand will continue using it as I have now adjusted to it and will focus my efforts on supplying bug reports, making feature requests, and other activities to make it better suited to the way I work.

  3. There are features in Cinnamon that are less than ideal, and things in Gnome that are likewise. Putting certain Cinnamon features into Gnome or vice-versa would make for an exceptional interface.

    1. True. Beyond the “blue screen of annoyance,” GNOME 3 is beautiful technology. And Cinnamon is good, but we need applications that can communicate seamlessly with each other.

    1. I think you need to read again. This article didn’t say anything about Fedora abandoning Gnome 3, it tells how to install Cinnamon on Fedora 18 for those that prefer it. As for Gnome 3 being an “unholy mess”, that is a matter of opinion.

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