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Re: Killer apps/"selling" points of FC and GNU/Linux



tir, 16.11.2004 kl. 13.40 skrev Avi Alkalay:
> On 11/15/2004 12:08:08 PM, Kyrre Ness Sjobak wrote:
> > >> All of us trying hard to convert friends etc to Linux - what are the
> > >> arguments used?
> >
> > All of those are nice - but are they "killer apps" for Linux? No - it is
> > merely supporting functions which make the OS nicer.
> 
> 
> All those points you guys put here are real and I like them, specially
> M. Peters yum argument.
> 
> But it is all useless, from a business perspective, if your users have
> to use apps built with proprietary technologies, like VB, Delphi, etc.
> And 99% of today´s workplace desktops have to run some business app
> made with these frameworks. A desktop is not only a Browser and an
> Office Suite. I hope some day it will be, with industry initiatives
> like portal, etc.
> 

Delphi exists for Linux. Sadly (i know it is a shitty language, but it
is fast to learn and develop small things in), VB doesn't.

> But personaly, I´m not really sure FC3 (not just Linux) is ready for,
> say, my mother to use. And she does only browsing, e-mail and
> messenger. She is already using Firefox on Windows though.
> 
> The server perspective follows the same rules: If you have a server
> app built on top of proprietary technologies (ASP, .NET, Cold Fusion,
> etc), I´m sorry Linux, but there is no room for you. Go see the
> infrastructure department if there is something for you, and come back
> tomorrow to this business section.
> 

On the server side things are looking better - as far as i can see,
Linux is often the preferred platform here for developers to develop on,
simply because it is the most widespread.

> The bottom line is: operating systems do not solve business problems
> alone. They need apps that implement some enterprise business logic.
> So the OS is defined by the higher level application your datacenter
> MUST run. Sad but true.
> 

agreed

> If you have all your business apps built with standards like J2EE,
> etc, Linux is ready today for deployment. From the simplest caching
> DNS server, to the biggest SAP, ERP, CRM implementation you can
> imagine.
> 
> The most effective way to make Linux more popular is convincing
> DEVELOPERS (the guys that make business and killer apps) to start
> developing on Linux.
> 

agreed

> Regards,
> Avi


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