Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jul 2007 20:31 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Microsoft "In his keynote at OSCON, Microsoft General Manager of Platform Strategy Bill Hilf announced that Microsoft is submitting its shared source licenses to the Open Source Initiative. This is a huge, long-awaited move. It will be earthshaking for both Microsoft and for the open source community if the licenses are in fact certified as open source licenses. Microsoft has been releasing a lot of software as shared source (nearly 650 projects, according to Bill). If this is suddenly certified as true open source software, it will be a lot harder to draw a bright line between Microsoft and the open source community." In addition, Microsoft has launched a new website where it details its relationship with open source.
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RE[5]: Yet another
by Jokel on Fri 27th Jul 2007 07:17 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Yet another"
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Hmm... There is a Maya for Linux. It has the same version as the windows version (8.5) and works very well the last time I saw it. Also Softimage XSI has a Linux version - and there are a lot more very, very professional software makers that are making Linux software for years now..

So - it IS possible to develop a expensive, very complicated commercial program for Windows and Linux. Also there seems to be a market for it, otherwise these company's won't bother to do it...

Then.. If Adobe won't make a Photoshop for Linux they are in essence admitting they are less capable in writing software than the above company's. Seems weird.. There IS a market and there is a lot of money to make there - otherwise the above company's wont bother to make a Linux version at all.

So - there must be another reason to refuse to make a Linux version of Photoshop. I wonder what it is?

Sorry about my English - it's not my native language..

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RE[6]: Yet another
by kaiwai on Fri 27th Jul 2007 11:31 in reply to "RE[5]: Yet another"
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You're right; if I grabbed every MacOS X user who was willing to give up MacOS X if *NIX (be it Solaris or Linux) had Creative Suite, you would see a max exodus from Apple like you've never seen.

Adobe simply want to invest the *least* amount possible - and when their marketshare is erroded by a competitor like Microsoft, then run off to the DOJ demanding that Microsofts development to be castrated.

I can't wait till all these products from Microsoft coming out - you'll see Adobe gnashing of teeth but refusing again to port their applications to *NIX (Solaris and Linux) because it would actually require money to be spent on the business rather than inflated management salaries, bonus's and corporate jets.

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RE[6]: Yet another
by google_ninja on Fri 27th Jul 2007 16:07 in reply to "RE[5]: Yet another"
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Professional CG has a long history of using UNIX as a platform (SGI anyone?) Professional image editing and publishing really doesn't.

How about the gaming industry? Why is it that 90% of new games arent even ported to OSX, even though OSX has at least twice the desktop install base of linux?

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RE[7]: Yet another
by SlackerJack on Fri 27th Jul 2007 17:26 in reply to "RE[6]: Yet another"
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It's hardly the same thing, I dont think game devs would make much money with such a small user base, And they use DirectX anyway.

Windows/Consoles are where all the big money is, but that dont stop idSoftware, Epic and others porting. id and Epic have OpenGL in their engines anyway so it's not such a big deal.

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RE[7]: Yet another
by Jokel on Sat 28th Jul 2007 07:41 in reply to "RE[6]: Yet another"
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Whait a minute!

The complaint was, there are no professional apps for Linux. Nobody said anything about games...

Well - I showed you there are very, very professional apps for Linux. Adobe is missing the boat. Anyway - there are some programs like Photogenics HDR, although i have to admit there is more software available for rendering and film editing/producing...

Now - games. Yes there are more games for the Windows platform. I never denied that. But - to be fair, a lot of games can be played with wine/Crossover Office/Cedega and a few older games are ported to a native Linux version (X2-the thread and shortly X3-Reunion for instance). Other games (like Quake4, UT200x) had Linux versions from the beginning. There are also a LOT of native Linux games. Enough to keep anyone but the more-than-casual gamer happy...

Edited 2007-07-28 07:42

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