osOpinion: Developing Commercial Linux Applications: 101
Aug 03, 2000, 08:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hassan Aurag)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
[ Thanks to Kelly
McNeill for this link. ]
"Going the cheap way isn't always the right choice. You and I
probably know a lot of people switching to Linux (or GNU/Linux if
you prefer). Many of those are Unix old timers who have seen it
all, done it all. Even some conventional Microsoft only software
houses have some Unix/Linux insider. So when time comes to port
the fruit of their windows efforts, they have "cheap Unix clone" in
mind. Well, I am going to say it now, and I'll repeat it at the
end. Here are the things you should know before you start doing
- "Buy some Linux programming books. There are plenty. Sure Unix
books will help but Linux is still different and the differences
are more and more apparent especially on the desktop.
- Look at open source software. Look at how they all (90%) offer
rpm/deb/tgz packages for various distros.
- Have a look at Helix code web site to see how they are
supporting half a dozen distros and even Solaris. Ask them their
advice if need be.
- Train your local Unix gurus to become Linux gurus.
- But most importantly, tell your Windows gurus Linux is
multi-user for God's sake. And that apps simply can't expect to
write just about anywhere on the hard drive."