Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 11:30 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Novell and Ximian When Novell and Microsoft announced their unlikely partnership, a part of the arrangement that got little attention at the time was that they'd create a joint research facility, where both company's technical experts would collaborate on new joint software solutions. Now, they're staffing up.
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by Phuqker on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 17:18 UTC
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I think portability is deeply important in some spheres, such as the wellspring of POSIX apps that can be built on many platforms (even Windows).

However, I think portability of custom-built business applications is vastly overrated. Not one of my customers has ever cared about it. In that space, what's far more important is interoperability of file formats and protocols. (And many customers don't even care about that, although I personally think it's important.)

Even in the GUI space, when I run a Windows app, I want it to look and run like a Windows app. When I run a Mac app, I want it to have the esthetics of a Mac app. But I also want to be able to exchange information easily between platforms.

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