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osViews: What Does It Mean to Choose Open Source?

Apr 14, 2004, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Monty Manley)

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"I know perhaps twenty-five or thirty programmers personally; I'd count eight of them as friends. They are all programmers like myself: corporate IT folks whose daily lives are spent producing in-house apps. All of us use Windows NT as a development platform; the lingua franca is either Visual Basic or some variant of C++ (although Java is becoming more popular).

"But of all of us, I am the only one actively developing under Linux (on my own time, of course). I have long been a user of Linux -- I first started using Slackware in 1994, switched to Debian in 1996 -- but only recently began to do serious Linux programming. My toolkit of choice is GTK+, and my language is straight C. I use Glade as a GUI-builder and XEmacs as my editor..."

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