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ZDNet: Linux standard deviation impedes developers

Mar 20, 2001, 08:15 (69 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

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"How do the Linux community and vendors balance diversity and conformity?..."

"Commercial software vendors have a legitimate beef with the current state of Linux. There are three ways to build an application that runs on multiple distributions of Linux, none of them particularly smooth...."

"Developers have tried each of these routes, and none has proven to be particularly appealing. Each has significant pitfalls of both cost and reputation within the community."

"There are many reasons you don't see a lot of commercial application software for Linux, but I have to put the lack of a single porting standard near the top. In my view, it even impedes the progress of open source software. The effort spent porting code and packages to multiple distributions is effort that could -- and should -- be spent making the packages themselves better."

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