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osOpinion: Developing Commercial Linux Applications: 101

Aug 03, 2000, 08:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hassan Aurag)

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"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 anything:"

  • "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."

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