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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Cross-platform software often sucks
by ddc_ on Sun 6th Nov 2011 18:37 UTC
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To date I've seen only two cross-platform projects done right: Transmission and WebKit — they both integrate in respective user environments to the degree when one can't differ them from native applications. Firefox came close but never did the trick on Linux.

The rest of them are ugly either on all their platforms (like OpenOffice.org) or have one platform with adequate degree of integration but fail on others.

It is really difficult to write a really cross-platform app. And an application that runs on every platform but makes You wash Your hands after closing it doesn't help alternative platforms.

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