10.08.13

In the World of Programming, GNU/Linux Blossomed and Microsoft Fell Behind

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 3:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Signs that GNU, Linux, and Git are becoming the common carriers of code

A pundit at IDG has this new piece stating that “Microsoft .Net failed” [1], noting quite correctly that Microsoft never succeeded in making .NET commonplace, not even with help from de Icaza of Novell and Xamarin (which Microsoft indirectly funded and groomed). There are many programming languages out there [2] and many target Linux exclusively [3] because it has become somewhat of a universal platform. At Samsung, one of the wealthiest tech giants right now, Linux has become the de facto standard platform [4] and the other project of Linus Torvalds, namely Git, is becoming the de facto tool for development with version control (so much to the point of being the target of DDOS attacks [5]). It is worth remembering that many career opportunities these days are available for GNU/Linux professionals; Windows is the diminishing platform, so there is an excess of ‘skills’ there — one that necessitates that people retrain or relearn for a generation where Free software is the standard.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Why Microsoft .Net failed

    Microsoft tried, but it couldn’t win the hearts and minds of developers who weren’t already indoctrinated — and it alienated others along the way

  2. Programming Languages to Shake up the Mix?
  3. Resolving Nightmare Bugs With Reversible Linux App Debugger

    Undo and ARM partner on ARM DS-5 tool suite rapidly resolve nightmare bugs

  4. How Open Source Software Has Changed Samsung

    In recent years, Samsung has moved from being a mere consumer of open source software to actively participating in its development as a top-10 contributor to the Linux kernel. The company is still refining its open source approach and processes, however, as demonstrated by a recent GPL compliance issue with its (formerly) proprietary exFAT driver for Linux.

  5. GitHub wipes hand across bloodied face, stumbles from brutal DDoS beating

    Popular source-code warehouse GitHub was back online today after weathering a huge denial-of-service attack throughout the week.

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