Linked by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:03 UTC
Editorial I hear often that when something new appears that "competition is good". The primary reasons competition is seen as good, are: it drives down prices; it gives consumers more choice; it pushes technology forward, quicker. Competition is not good because: competition is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; competition is why DRM exists; and more. In this article, each of the supposed benefits of competition will be looked at in more detail.
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Choice is good when there's one agreed base standard, and a number of compatible approaches. For example, there are many Linux distributions, but they are all Linux, and they can all run the same software. They are 'flavours' of the same thing, that is a good choice. People like different flavours.

This is wrong actually. You can easily compile applications that will work on one Linux distribution, but not another (if you just move the binaries over).

This could be due to options used to compile a library, etc.

If you are strictly speaking about the executable binary format, then yes.

However, without a great deal of effort on the part of a developer, it is not uncommon for a binary to work on one Linux distribution and not another, especially if it's C++.

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