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IBM After 10 years of supporting Linux, IBM continues to challenge Microsoft on multiple fronts and aims to push Linux even further into the enterprise. While IBM has competed and partnered with Microsoft over the last two decades, the Microsoft-free PC effort is perhaps its most direct assault yet. "The idea of Microsoft-free personal computing has been in the air for a while," Inna Kuznetsova, director of Linux at IBM, told InternetNews.com. "We're just partnering with Linux distribution vendors and hardware vendors to make it happen."
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RE[2]: Now maybe....
by Coral Snake on Thu 7th Aug 2008 04:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Now maybe...."
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I would say wrong on that one. You can produce proprietary closesd source software for linux if you use libraries that have a static linking exception to their open source licenses like FLTK, wxWidgets x11/Universal (NOT GTK or MOTIF because these would have to be dynamically linked ONLY to satisfy the LGPL without the linking exception and therefore have "dependency hell" problems) and do not use the "dependency hell" creating dynamic link method of producing binary software.

If you app can give up some starting speed you can also use a Managed software system like Java to produce not just Linux but genuine cross platform software. (I use several closed source Java apps on my Linux box and am quite satisfied with them. So much so that I have started taking up programming in the Java language myself.)

Actually I think more speed for Java if it could be done could solve the whole computer monopoly problem just as Sun intended it to do by making closed or open software than can rin anywhere.

Edited 2008-08-07 05:07 UTC

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