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NewsForge: Windows developers, it's time to switch to Linux

Sep 26, 2001, 12:04 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin)
"I pity RealPlayer developers and all the other people who have put their energy into commercial multimedia software for Windows, because Microsoft is including utilities in Windows XP that is going to make it hard for "outside" multimedia software to maintain market share among Windows users. This can't happen in Linux, because the chance of any commercial software being included in the Linux kernel is exactly zero.

Since Microsoft seems bent on adding more applications to its operating system in every version, it may now be better business for small developers to start making commercial software for Linux instead of concentrating on Windows applications.

About five years ago I was chatting with a gentleman who ran a small mapping software company. His products had a faster and more useful search utility, and displayed faster, than any other map software I had ever seen. His company was selling this software only to large companies and government agencies."

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