Gary.Foster(a)Corp.Sun.COM (Gary D. Foster) writes:
This talk of only supporting linux disturbs me deeply. I cannot
possibly believe that anyone is seriously considering this?
Noone is. It was Karl's momentary lapse of reason, as far as I'm
I use linux on my laptop and I use solaris everywhere else. I like
linux, I like what it's done for the Unix community in general.
What I _don't_ like about linux is when I see all these pieces of
software come out that are written specifically for it without even
a nod towards portability. I get _really_ annoyed when I see that
someone has written a really nifty utility or tool or front-end or
whatever and it's riddled through with linux-isms which end up
making it difficult (if not downright impossible) to port to any
other unix. A perfect example for this is some of the graphical
front-ends to cdrom burning software. I end up using the
command-line tools because the GUI front-ends _to_ the command line
tools were written in such a way as to make it impossible to compile
on any other platform without a complete rewrite. It's ironic that
the underlying tools that these rely on are well-written
cross-platform apps while the stupid FRONT END tools which do
nothing but feed the cross-platform CLI's are not.
Linux-centrism is JUST as bad as microsoft-centrism or
solaris-centrism or anything-else-centrism.
I agree 100% with all you've said.
I wonder what will the cool-os-of-the-year be in a few years, and if
everyone will end up writing non-portable code for it. I guess people
Hrvoje Niksic <hniksic(a)srce.hr> | Student at FER Zagreb, Croatia
Try to use "ad nauseam" at least once per flame. It doesn't mean
anything; but it gives that polished feel to your postings.