I was at the Red Hat HQ here in Raleigh a few days ago and was surprised how much Windows and Mac I saw up there. Sure way more Linux was in there but you have some of the alternatives. When you develop products for each of the platforms you are bound
to have some mixed environment around. Just like Im sure Apple has some Windows and I know Yellowdog Linux in their HQ.
RHEL is one oif the standards, I was actually suprised he wasnt running Ubuntu or Kubuntu, Kubuntu being the better of the two of course. BTW I did load SimplyMEPIS 6 on the advice of corona_coder on a test machine and had nothing but problems. Its
not very elegant, its like two steps back to Kubuntu.
rjdohnert wrote:You forgot to ask him one of the questions that matter. Whats the Linux distribution he uses? Good interview, Bill is a good guy and its good to see him back on C9
He was using RHEL 4 on his iMactel. I am sort of surprised he wasnt using something newer and better like SLED 10.
Anyway this video was pretty good. His "donut" theory is spot on at describing the open-source buisness models. Hilf also mentions hybrid licensing that companies like Trolltech use. His position is clearly with Microsoft on which platform to deploy on and
its true that most major open-source software runs natively on Windows. For the rest, there is Cygwin and Unix services for Windows.
I think its important to note that Linux is also a great platform to develop on. Mono brings Microsoft's .NET and C#/VB facilities to Linux; Java is still a good platform to develop with. Not to mention the heaps of other languages to use like C, C++, D, Python,
Perl, Pascal, Ruby, RealBaisic, Euphoria, Lisp, etc. Linux is fairly good at running Windows 32 and MS-DOS applications as well. But hopefully someone will devise a way into run Windows .NET applications under Linux/*nix in the future.