[sf-lug] [LINUX USER QUESTIONAIRE] Linux applications

jim jim at well.com
Wed Jul 29 18:37:29 PDT 2009

oh (correction...): firefox, gimp, dia, gedit, 

command-line: ssh, ftp, 

   no clue what gets ported to other platforms, and 
i get pissed off if the gnu toolkit gets tweaked 
such that commands have different options and 
different behaviors. 
   programs designed for unix type systems are 
generally portable to other unix type systems, 
perhaps less so to windows and other operating 
systems (and vice versa, note "perhaps"). 

   the design of the linux kernel (that which is 
properly "linux") permits a global filesystem 
namespace (FHS) and isolated process access to 
resources (ergo good security), and those aspects 
have a bearing on portability. (blah-de-blah, 
mutter, mutter....) 

On Wed, 2009-07-29 at 10:42 -0700, Edward Janne wrote:
> Question 4: What programs do you run on Linux? Does software that  
> starts out exclusively Linux often get ported to other platforms? What  
> is the motivation for this? Beyond being open source, what  
> functionality is unique to Linux?
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