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Linux While it may seem like Linux-only projects are betraying their loyal base by developing Windows or OSX versions, I would argue that cross-platform development is actually better for Linux as a whole, better for individual software projects and their developers, and ultimately better for Linux users.
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Windows no longer relevant
by tuma324 on Mon 7th Nov 2011 01:26 UTC
tuma324
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2010-04-09

I work developing software for companies out there, I mostly work on Linux, but my coworkers use a mix of Linux and other UNIX-like OS. You couldn't imagine how many companies out there ask their employees not to develop software on Windows.

For example, look at the document below.

http://ompldr.org/vYjV3OQ

I got this document from a former employer. You can clearly see they ask their employees NOT to develop on Windows.

Sure, Windows is still relevant for desktop users, but it's not relevant for the rest of us anymore, and it's unclear how relevant it will be in the future for other people.

Just see the bad critics that Windows 8 is getting with all that tablet GUI for the desktop and the secure boot fiasco. *shrug*

Edited 2011-11-07 01:42 UTC

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RE: Windows no longer relevant
by ilovebeer on Mon 7th Nov 2011 03:16 in reply to "Windows no longer relevant"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Sure, Windows is still relevant for desktop users, but it's not relevant for the rest of us anymore, and it's unclear how relevant it will be in the future for other people.

Who do you think the majority of users are? Desktop users. Windows isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Just see the bad critics that Windows 8 is getting with all that tablet GUI for the desktop and the secure boot fiasco. *shrug*

A handful of Linux users panicking over secure boot doesn't make it a fiasco. There aren't enough facts to make that kind of determination one way or the other so people should be careful with their premature judgments.

My initial thought about the use of a tablet gui for the Windows 8 desktop was naturally 'wtf are they thinking?!'.. My personal view is that it was an extremely poor design choice. Maybe I'll eat those words, and maybe not. I don't hear any talk from any direction in favor of a rush to Windows 8. If anything, most of the chatter I'm hearing is that people intend to skip it completely. We'll see how it all turns out but no matter what it will not be the death and disappearance of choice certain Linux preachers would have you believe. The rapture didn't happen and neither will that.

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RE: Windows no longer relevant
by moondevil on Mon 7th Nov 2011 07:15 in reply to "Windows no longer relevant"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I work developing software for companies out there, I mostly work on Linux, but my coworkers use a mix of Linux and other UNIX-like OS. You couldn't imagine how many companies out there ask their employees not to develop software on Windows.

For example, look at the document below.

http://ompldr.org/vYjV3OQ

I got this document from a former employer. You can clearly see they ask their employees NOT to develop on Windows.


Of course it says not to develop on Windows.

From the requirements list you are developing a UNIX server side application, why on earth would you use an OS that is not UNIX based to develop it on?

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tuma324 Member since:
2010-04-09

"I work developing software for companies out there, I mostly work on Linux, but my coworkers use a mix of Linux and other UNIX-like OS. You couldn't imagine how many companies out there ask their employees not to develop software on Windows.

For example, look at the document below.

http://ompldr.org/vYjV3OQ

I got this document from a former employer. You can clearly see they ask their employees NOT to develop on Windows.


Of course it says not to develop on Windows.

From the requirements list you are developing a UNIX server side application, why on earth would you use an OS that is not UNIX based to develop it on?
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My point is there is a trend with this. Just see:

http://jobs.github.com/

I don't see anyone looking for people who knows Windows in there.

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