Wheeler: Insecure open source software libraries?
Posted Apr 8, 2012 18:31 UTC (Sun) by rqosa
In reply to: Wheeler: Insecure open source software libraries?
Parent article: Wheeler: Insecure open source software libraries?
> But yes, if developer releases program for some platform (especially if said program is sold for $$) then s/he must do Q&A - or else why release anything at all?
The developer shouldn't try to do QA on every Linux distribution out there — doing it on just one major distro should be sufficient, and the user community will figure out how to get it to work on any other distro where there's enough demand for the app in question.
> Android releases include a lot of customizations - yet most of them don't affect app developers at all.
You could say the same thing about Windows — when it's preinstalled on PCs, it usually has customizations specific to that PC model and its manufacturer. As far as the platform APIs are concerned, though, it's still a monoculture.
> If you'll visit any FOSS conference you'll see how many former Linux users finally understood it… and decided that life is too short to play these games.
Yaaawwwnnnnn… We've heard a billion variations on the theme of "Linux is dying" (much of which was thinly-disguised propaganda FUD) for more than a decade now, and it's not even once been true. As far as I'm concerned, the Linux user experience just keeps getting better and better as time goes on, and that could hardly happen if users were abandoning the platform in droves.
> Most of them are now MacOS users, but some returned back to Windows.
Funny you should say that. 11 years ago, I thought that Mac OS X was great — it should run all the Unixy stuff I'm used to, plus most of the proprietary stuff that's not available on Linux, so what's not to like? Then I tried to actually use it, and quickly got frustrated by how many hoops I had to jump through to do things that on Linux would have needed little more than "apt-get install foo" or "./configure && make install". Since then I've been unwillingly dragged back to it at least once, and it was just as bad as ever.
I dare you to try this: build the latest Git snapshot of FFmpeg on Mac OS X. I tried that once (well, except FFmpeg was still using SVN back then), and it went something like this: first I had to untar the Fink tarball into a directory, then figure out how to change sone config file to enable building source packages from the unstable branch of Fink, then run the command to build it — which made it download lots of stuff, compile said stuff, download lots more stuff, compile it, and on and on and on until I ran out of patience.
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