The Future of Closed Source Software and Linux

«What is the future of closed source software and Linux? delves into the subject and emerges with a possible answer. Quote: «I have been struggling with one major problem lately with the Linux operating system and that problem is the amazing lack of new and exciting software. It’s frustrating because by the time said software does finally make its way down to the Linux user, the Windows crowd has been using it for nearly a year or longer. Perhaps some of this is because there does not appear to be a clear, simple to follow outline cooperative for companies to design for the open source operating system. Arguably this is because of the perceived need to keep things «open,» however, I feel it’s time for Linux to grow up and find some kind of common ground with the closed source community. I am a firm believer that both parties could learn a lot from each other; unfortunately I don’t see that happening any time soon.»

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  1. This original post I read through Digg. Usually, I would agree with the post, but only from the perspective of a home user who is only uses home productivity suites and games. If you look past the bias of the author (who ~says~ that he uses Linux on a regular basis), you will find a huge gap in his knowledge base about how Linux and F/OSS software is used within the corporate environment. In the bussines world, the search and aggregation algorithms that are developed on Linux are truly astounding, as are some of the analytical tools for science and mathematics. But, as I said before on both Digg and Slashdot, the creation of new, third party apps for Linux hinges on the adoption of Linux as a desktop solution for the corporate world. Once Linux has established a foothold there, people will start to dual-boot in droves at home, which means more apps will be produced for Linux for the consumer market by third party developers.

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