Linked by David Adams on Sun 6th Nov 2011 04:35 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Linux Linux advocates have for so long advocated browser-accessed software as a service as a way to break out of Microsoft's proprietary desktop. Now that this world has arrived, there's less incentive to work on native Linux apps.
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by unclefester on Sun 6th Nov 2011 22:58 UTC
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The need to run software anywhere is critical.

What happens to a specialist programme that uses hardware, storage media or file formats that no longer exist?

I recently met a scientist with that exact problem. He wrote an extremely important Fortran programme for pasture management in the 1970s. The only copy of the code still available was a paper printout (about 2000 pages). No one else really understood his code so he had to come out of retirement to work on it.

Had the paper copy been lost years of work would have wasted.

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