Linked by Oliver on Fri 11th Mar 2011 23:32 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Now that Linux is the most popular free Unix-like operating system, it shouldn't be a surprise that some projects have begun treating non-Linux operating systems as second-class citizens. This isn't out of contempt for the BSDs or OpenSolaris, it's just a matter of limited manpower: if almost all the users of the application have a Linux operating system and if all the core developers are using Linux themselves, it's difficult to keep supporting other operating systems. But sometimes the choice to leave out support for other operating systems is explicitly made, e.g. when the developers want to implement some innovative features that require functionality that is (at least for now) only available in the Linux kernel."
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Oliver
Member since:
2006-07-15

You're talking of software you want to sell, we're talking of open source. Apples Vs oranges? Well, you have a pragmatic view as professional developer, you do it for money and there is nothing wrong with it. But other people do it for fun, self-fulfilment, for the community. So yes people "fight" for their operating system of choice. Why? Because they don't have a pragmatic view, they are the heart and soul of the community, without them there would be just another Windows or Mac OS, with some guy at the head, crying buzzwords at the customers.

Some people are more fighting than others or they are fighting just for fun. We call them Trolls. It's a huge difference between fighting with facts or fighting with personal attacks, like some language zealot in this discussion.

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Nicram Member since:
2006-01-31

The true is, i'm not developer at all. I'm just trying to put myself in this role. I see myself as someone who want to make software. What can be reason for that, money, girls, parties etc. ;-) Well, if i would do coding for fun, then still, i would do it for myself, so i do not car about other operating systems. If i make it for community, then i would have to define what it is "my community". So it may be the user group, that like same thing that i do. For example, if i liek Linux, then this will be my community. But then, why should i care other OSs? And where is the onnovation vs portability then, and why should i care about it, i do it for fun!

And one more point, Red Hat did nice open source business, so open source do not mean making software only for fun and express myself. It may also mean money ;)

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TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

There's nothing nice to say about this level of short-sighted selfishness.

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Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

As I said there is nothing wrong with it. Everyone needs money. But it's not the only motivation in life for many people.

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