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Brain Drop 08-22-2003 01:36 PM

do you promote linux to developers?
 
i try to whenever i see some little app here or there. recently was one for gim, one of those all in one im do-hickies. so i asked them if they could make a linux version. i figure that the more things are written for linux the more notice people will take, the more for the better right? so i always look for oppurtunities to convert people to linux (and send them over here)and stuff. i dont often get a positive result from developers but todays was:
Hi Andrew,

While GIM does not currently feature a linux client, we do have plans to add this in future releases.



Check back with us soon and thank you for your support.



Sincerely,

GIM Support


cool.
do any of you do these things?

masinick 08-22-2003 02:46 PM

Absolutely, whenever I get the chance, I write to companies and ask them to consider adding Linux hardware support, Linux software support, I ask for people to write software that interoperates well with other environments and also function in a Linux software environment.

I subscribe to a mailing list that promotes the Desktop Linux movement; I've had conversations with people at CodeWeavers and the Open Source Development Labs, and I personally work part time for a Linux software company.

I wish I could work FULL TIME doing Linux related work. That was my aim and intention, and I was moving in that direction when I lost my permanent job about two years ago. My goal is still to promote and do as much as I can to work with Linux software, though my short term goal is to remain in a home with transportation and food to eat.

tcaptain 08-22-2003 03:13 PM

Definitely...whenever I see anything cool that's windows only, I always fire off an email asking if there are any plans for a linux version.

I've sent off an email to the maker of my SO's mp3 player (DMusic and PineGroup) to see if they're willing to release the specs to make a linux utility to load the mp3s (its a weird parallel port thing so nothing so far I found in linux works...only the windows software)...I figure I have a better than average chance of them releasing those specs since the player in question is 2 years old and isn't for sale anymore.

grizzly 08-22-2003 08:47 PM

I certainly do. I think that if others are also, then people will see that it is worth it to do a port to linux. Sometimes I will also write like a thank you note to companies that have ported there software to linux that I did not think they would. One of the browser plug-ins recently shocked me. I went to this one site with Mozilla, and it said it needed a plug-in with a link to go get it. I clicked it totally expecting to get some M$ bull**it. But to my surprise they got my O/S right and took me right to the page to download the linux version with instructions for installing it. I was so pleased I had to write them and commend them on this.

The other thing I am going to try to do is to make things work in linux that not specified to work in linux. For Example, I am taking an online course this semester and they state that you need M$ or Mac browsers to access the courses. You can bet I am going to try like hell to get these working in linux, and if I succeed I will write them a little letter explaining how I did it, hoping that they would post this on the website saying support for linux also. It really pisses me off when an educational institution does not support linux or unix. Or when a teacher gives assignments in *.doc format. It is like if you do not use windows you are not welcome to take this course. Even though I have no problem opening these documents, it still makes me feel like the University has there nose up M$ *ss, and it is something that I don't appreciate. So I like to always make comments in these situtions that not all students use M$ or Mac, and they considered all students not just the ones that use a certain O/S.

Sorry about all that, I don't get much of a chance to vent these things to people that might understanding were I am coming from. I feel better now.

shellcode 08-22-2003 09:02 PM

only if it's open-source. otherwise no.


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