Linked by Oliver on Fri 11th Mar 2011 23:32 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Now that Linux is the most popular free Unix-like operating system, it shouldn't be a surprise that some projects have begun treating non-Linux operating systems as second-class citizens. This isn't out of contempt for the BSDs or OpenSolaris, it's just a matter of limited manpower: if almost all the users of the application have a Linux operating system and if all the core developers are using Linux themselves, it's difficult to keep supporting other operating systems. But sometimes the choice to leave out support for other operating systems is explicitly made, e.g. when the developers want to implement some innovative features that require functionality that is (at least for now) only available in the Linux kernel."
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It's not really "them and us".
It's two different approaches, and I think it's cool that way.

I agree, I wasn't trying to say that there is a them and us situation, more that people in both camps are often too quick to jump to a parochial response to issues like this.

Maybe if there was less of this attitude there would be more willingness from devs in both camps to jump the fence now and again and we wouldn't be forced to choose between "portability and innovation" quite so often.

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