Linked by David Adams on Tue 26th Oct 2004 16:30 UTC
Editorial The software industry is undergoing a gradual transformation, and consumer fatigue is at its root. The licensing model that has formed the basis for the modern software industry is facing challenges on many fronts, and the industry is scrambling to keep its footing. Where this period of change may lead software producers and consumers isn't quite clear, but some trends are emerging. Since the proliferation of the internet, unauthorized redistribution of digital goods has become rampant. But although software sharing probably won't kill the software industry, the reasoning behind it shares some pedigree with the customer revolt that promises to transform the way software is sold.
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by rain on Wed 27th Oct 2004 02:20 UTC

So as a Linux user I'm out of luck. It's almost impossible to port this software to Linux, because the VST protocol is proprietary and copyrighted by Steinberg (the creators of the Cubase sequencer, which is way too expensive btw). I'm forced to use Windows (or Mac) for this.

That's not true. VST and VSTi modules are very easy to port and supported on all major OS's (even BeOS). The main problem in that case is that most of them are closed source. Even most of the free ones are closed.
Some developers are happy to share the source with another developer that will port it for him, while some aren't. And commersial developers doesn't care about any other platforms than Win and OSX at the moment.
But technically, it's no problem at all. So the good thing is that if/when linux grows as a music creation platform companies will easily be able to port their VST and VSTi modules. But it's not really there yet, if it will ever be.

Making music is the only thing I use Windows for these days. And I don't like it. But the only realistic option is a mac, and it's way too expensive.

I feel the same about supporting MS. I'll never pay for any MS software. But my Win2K install is actually legit, I got it for free.
What most people doesn't realise when they say that they won't pay for Windows because they don't want to support MS, but still uses Windows, is that they are actually supporting MS anyway. Especially if they are buying software made for Windows.
It helps MS to maintain their place in the market and it hurts the growth of the competetors.

This is something that bugs me a lot. But for music making at a low budget there aren't really any realistic competetors to support yet. When there is, I will jump right at it.