Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jan 2013 01:41 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "A senior OpenBSD developer has complained on a mailing list that upstream vendors of free and open source software are adding in changes without any thought of whether downstream users could adapt to the change. Marc Espie said this would hurt smaller players by not allowing them to keep up with the changes. Basically what is happening is that numerous changes are being made to Linux and smaller projects like OpenBSD cannot keep up with the changes. And, according to Espie, not all these changes are strictly necessary."
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RE: Developer's point of view
by Delgarde on Fri 11th Jan 2013 00:45 UTC in reply to "Developer's point of view"
Delgarde
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Sometimes it might mean re-writing a few lines or adjusting some functions, but the Linux/BSD tools are similar enough it takes very little effort and, as a result, it opens up my software to a wider audience. It seems like a win-win all around. They get code which works natively without patches and I get a bigger audience. As a bonus I now write cleaner cross-platform code. I seriously don't see why anyone would ignore the obvious benefits of working with the BSD communities to improve their code.


Because it's not always that easy. Generic programs are usually pretty portable, because they're able to code to standard APIs like POSIX.

But system level programs are harder to make portable, because to work effectively, they need to take advantage of OS specific functionality - e.g using driver interfaces, or using frameworks that simply don't exist on any other platform. You *could* make something work by coding to the lowest common denominator - or you could code to Linux, hit 99% of your target users, and not worry too much about the others.

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