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DevChannel: Busting Windows-to-Linux Myths

Apr 30, 2004, 01:45 (4 Talkback[s])
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"If you've been developing for Windows for (n+1) years, you might consider venturing into open source software development a daunting prospect. Reading the Free Software Foundation Web site makes it look like all development is done in straight C--of course there's no Visual C++ or Visual Basic. Linux doesn't have its own component model and there is nothing even remotely like DirectX for low-level hardware access. It's just too hard for the dyed-in-the-wool Windows developer to program for Linux.

"And if you believe that, we have a nice bridge in New York City that's going cheap--this week only, special price just for you. Cliched jokes aside, there are as many myths about Linux programming on the Windows side of the router as there are IP6 addresses. Let's dispel a few, shall we...?"

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