Linked by David Adams on Sun 6th Nov 2011 04:34 UTC
Linux While it may seem like Linux-only projects are betraying their loyal base by developing Windows or OSX versions, I would argue that cross-platform development is actually better for Linux as a whole, better for individual software projects and their developers, and ultimately better for Linux users.
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Multi OS is the way to go
by shotsman on Sun 6th Nov 2011 06:58 UTC
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I do a lot of dev for stuff that run on servers (currently Slowaris). I do lots of my testing on Linux (CentOS) but some some tools are Windows only.

To name two, Soap/UI & Toad/Oracle

Even my text editor of choice (UltraEdit) now works on Linux and OSX as well as Windows. Wireshark is multiplatform.
The IDE I use is Eclipse and the plugins I use are fully supported on Linux BUT, if I could have the same functionality on Linux, I could ditch Windows entirely.

My work Laptop grinds to a halt every Wednesday morning as the McAfee AV Scanner cripples the machine for 6 hours. I can't get the time it run changed as it is all locked down by a group policy. PAH!

The easier it is to switch platforms the better IMHO.
(not good for MS though)

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