[LINK] Linux gaining acceptance in Canberra
10 Oct 2002 10:10:44 +1000
On Wed, 2002-10-09 at 16:07, Rachel Polanskis wrote:
> To me, the essence of "Open Source" means that it will compile and run
> on any of a number of platforms with only trivial porting requirements.
I would have emphasised the "trivial porting requirements" rather than
the "can run on anything" - to me, the essence is that you can port
things yourself if you want.
When I started doing ISP sysadmin work, OS software was written
primarily for Solaris or a BSD-derivative, and porting to Linux was
often non-trivial. The fact that it's turned around now (for now?) just
means another platform has prominence atm.
(I still agree that not being runnable cross-platform is a good
indicator of lack of quality coding, by and large)
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