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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RE[2]: Why does this matter?
by kiddo on Sun 13th Mar 2011 14:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Why does this matter?"
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Do folks here still bother to analyze comments or just prefer to mod down anything that questions the majority's view?

I think my comment made it pretty clear that we need something to stand up to Windows/Mac as an open platform. But the corollary to that was "Why do we need more than one of those [open platforms] to do so?"

But then I got foolish and asked "Why should Linux necessarily try to bend over to please the BSDs?"

The replies along the lines of "this is how O.S.es have -- and should always -- been done" do not answer my question; the reason why we're having this situation in the first place is because the Linux ecosystem develops some of its things in its own corner or tries to get rid of legacy stuff.

Is asking the hard questions not allowed here anymore?

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