: Hi guys,
: This may sound quite ridiculous but may I say that I'm VERY serious
: about the following.
: I write programs for a living. They range from utilities to technical
: stuff (chips emulator, etc.). I currently work on Windows 95 since, to
: opinion, it is certainly the "OS" on which I feel a certain guarantee
: my potential customers may have access on their business or home
It depends who you are targetting your applications to, I don't think
that generally, unless you're a hacker of some sorts, Linux is good for
the home users, however, Linux is PERFECT for Servers, especially for the
little businesses that can't afford a REAL OS. Windows '95, as much as I
hate it, has it's merits, as you say, the merit that is most recognized
is that everyone has it. Question is , who's 'everyone'? If you write
applications for the office user or the home user who uses Win'95 for say
- games and word proccessing / spreadsheets, I wouldn't go into Linux,
I'd think that would be a very bad idea, since, well, not a lot of
'laypeople' use Linux at home, even if it is superior in every aspect to
: I've just discovered Linux's existance a couple of days ago and
: since, I've surfed from Web page to Web page to see what Linux was all
: I've reached some pretty good pages where all the technicalities of
: were spread all over. Looks good.
Well, It's a Unix clone, it HAS to be good. :). The fact that it's free
and comes with the source code for all to enjoy is even better.
: I must say, though, that none could tell me exactly what I'm looking
: "On what basis should I consider leaving Win95's world for Linux. Will
: apps be any easier to write? Will they run faster? Will Xwindow make my
: any easier on my day to day work - on let say, office applications like
: Word processing and Spreadsheets? Are XWindow apps running anyway
: or faster than Win95 or Win NT apps ?"
Well, again, depends what you're writing :). And you will also have to
get used to the Unix enviroment if you're not already used to it.
Xwindows shouldn't make your life easier when it comes to programming,
there are no visual languages such as delphi or visual basic, so
basically writing office applications on X is a pain in the ass, which is
why there aren't much of them, sadly.
: But all in all:
: "How will I convince my customers to migrate to Linux so they may run my
: softwares?" Customers don't generally care about the puristic aspect of
: TRUE or NOT TRUE Operating Systems and Win95 looks multitasking enough
: to them. What is the commercial scope of a Linux application? Does
: knows approximately how many users/compagnies actually uses Linux OS ?
Companies? As servers? A LOT. As office computers for say -
secrateries, DTP, Spread sheets, and accounting ? I'd have to say that
not much. BUT, programs you develop in Linux, since it's a Unix clone,
should generally work on most Unix systems. (With a few minor
modifications), a lot of companies use Unix systems, home users and
private users ? I think not.
: Sure it seems like a lot of fun to join you guys with the Linux
: The question is: Will I still affort the butter to spread on my bread
: if I jump in ?
There was a question such as this a while ago - Linux is a very
interesting OS, it is very fun to hack code on and very comfortable. If
you are developing, say, server code or networking code, I'd say Unixes
are the way to go and not NT . Generally you could have Win'95 and Linux
going side by side on seprate partitions and a boot manager, why don't
you give it a try ?
: Sincerely and Regards to all of you,
: Denis Cleroux,
: Trois-Rivieres (Quebec)
"Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat"
-- John Lehman, Secretary of the Navy 1981-1987