On Tue, 16 Nov 2004 20:27:33 +0100, Kyrre Ness Sjobak <kyrre solution-forge net> wrote:
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.
Unfortunatelly this is not true. I worked with several Windows developers that were starting projects on Linux, and they couldn't wait for the day they'll go back to Windows IDEs. Linux is a wonderfull platform for developers as long as they have that hacker-spirit, as we have :-). Linux drawbacks for developers are too much configuration files to edit while deploying their software, like add user access to tty on /etc/security/console.perms, or simply activating a needed Apache module for their CGI. Oh, and configuration files location and format differ from distro to distro, so all deployments must be done by hand, with a human brain, and almost not automations (they usally don't know sed, perl, rpm, etc, and probably will not learn it). Also, the FHS is wonderful, but they don't know it, so they ask "why /etc, why /bin, why /usr/bin ?".
Microsoft's most killer apps are their IDEs and development frameworks. Because they know how strategic is to have the developers (killer and business apps) working for them.
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