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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RE[4]: Why does this matter?
by asdf on Sun 13th Mar 2011 16:20 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why does this matter?"
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Why should Windows developers like Adobe bend over and please Linux users? To paraphrase Poettinger, these developers are already writing code for the most popular OS on the planet. Why should they bother?
It's exactly the same argument.


Nobody bent over. Adobe had its own reasons to support Linux. They didn't do it for some ideological reasons. The effort at first was minimal but with recent developments in mobile space, they're actually putting some weight behind Linux support because it makes economical sense for THEM.

In the areas where Linux is thriving, it isn't thriving because it's ideologically better. It is thriving by providing ample technical and economical benefits. It's not about having whatever arguments.

The market and industry have changed to accommodate Linux because it was beneficial and not doing so meant competitive disadvantage but even then it didn't happen by already established products or projects graciously helping adoption. Linux fought its way up.

So, there is no such argument that you're referring to. There never has been and never will be. If *BSD want to be considered as primary target platform for system and desktop developments, it should generate its own weight and be able to justify and, basically, force the effort. Whining or arguing about it simply doesn't matter.

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