Linked by bcavally on Mon 21st Dec 2009 17:18 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Today there are many operating systems available. Every vendor or community round it tries to make it as good as possible. Having different goals, different legacy and different cultures, they succeed in it more or less. We (end users) end up with big selection of operating systems, but for us the operating systems are usually compromise of the features that we would like to have. So is there an operating system that would fit all the needs of the end user? Is is the BeOS clone Haiku?
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The centralized codecs of BeOS and Linux is for that matter a huge advantage over Mac and Windows.

Both OS X and Windows do support centralized codecs (DirectShow in Windows, QuickTime in OS X I believe). What you're describing is one of those odd situations where users of a "minority" OS have a better experience, precisely *because* they're too small to warrant "special treatment" from Apple, Microsoft, Real, etc.

The lack of a QuickTime directshow filter for Windows (or the lack of a WM codec for OS X) has more to do with business/politics than any technical factors.

Which free software are you finding in Windows that do not exist in Linux ??

Not sure what applications the original poster was referring to, but CDex and VirtualDub are two open source apps that are (so far as I know) Windows-only. Not that there's any lack of alternatives, of course.

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