Linked by David Adams on Fri 17th Dec 2004 18:20 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
Editorial The real heart of open source lies in its potential to be greater than the sum of its parts, the capacity to leverage the talent and abilities of an entire community of developers and users who are striving towards a common goal, according to an editorial at Linux Insider.
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At the risk of injecting myself into the conversation...
by Lumbergh on Sat 18th Dec 2004 05:45 UTC

, but since Darius did bring up my name and we do share similiar viewpoints I'll bring up a couple points.

As I've stated before on many threads, our shop is linux only. Back in '97 we saw the writing on the wall for OS/2 which our applications were based on and knew we needed to make a change. Our embedded systems went totally linux about 2.5 years ago. It was crazy for us to pay licensing fee to Microsoft or anyone else. We do network protocol conversion and Linux is the right tool for the right job.

That said, I do find Microsoft development tools to be very nice. MFC/win32 api sucks bad. Always has and alway will, but .NET is a fine piece of engineering even if it is a rip-off Java. Most things in the software world are rip-offs of something previous anyway. I also find cross-platform apps like FireFox and Eclipse to run a bit better on windows (especially Eclipse) than they do on Linux.

Not only that, but I can have an almost complete unix environment within windows via cygwin. And if that's not enough (and sometimes its not) I can run a real linux on top of windows via colinux. http:///www.colinux.org. Heck I'm running debian in colinux using cygwin's xserver right now and it works great.

The point is, when I'm in an only linux environment I'm limiting myself when I can have the best of both worlds.