Re: If Linux is to succeed

Derrik Pates (dpates@Cavern.NMSU.Edu)
Fri, 24 Jan 1997 07:40:38 -0700 (MST)

On Thu, 23 Jan 1997, Snow Cat wrote:

> Maybe it's because "developing a good OS" and "making $$$" are different
> goals? IMHO, it's a good thing that for most Linux developers these projects
> are not the primary sources of income. In this way we can adopt technologies
> on basis of their technical merit/fun rather than just commercial success. And
> I don't think any of the technologies listed above are too exciting. MFC for
> example reminds me of Cobol - people have to spend much more time thinking
> about limitations of the framework than about what their applications are
> supposed to do.

Exactly. We should not be trying to implement M$'s screwed-up
architectures on Linux. Linux isn't that dissimilar from true UNIXes, so a
port isn't THAT big a heart attack. Take a look at Adobe Acrobat 3.0 for
Linux. :)

> What we need is good emulators for Win32/16 and MacOS to run the stuff that
> is not fun to write - like MSOffice. I would definitely buy Wabi and MAE if
> there was a version for Linux. Executor is a start, but its design makes
> it very difficult to be 100% bug-compatible with a real Mac.

Executor is a good way to do it - no ROMs to worry about licensing
restrictions on. but Wabi - a very good Win3.1 emulation package - IS
available for Linux! Check out - $200 for Wabi for Linux!

Derrik Pates

"What'll you two lovable plush toys have?"
"How 'bout a root beer popsicle and an Orange Julius? What about you,
"Dishwater! And put it in a dirty glass!"
-Sam & Max
"Fair Wind to Java"