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Re: Getting Fox News to work with Firefox



On 26/01/07, Phil Meyer <pmeyer themeyerfarm com> wrote:
I cannot expect to run a random, made for windows, .exe file on Linux.
Is Linux broken?  Doesn't Linux adhere to standards? (cynical of me)

Exe is not a standard format. It is a format specific to the Windows
operating system.

What users, management, and most programmers do not understand, is this:
If you use Microsoft Development tools (including web development tools)
no-one can use your application unless they are on MS Windows.

That's not obvious?

Yes, there are exceptions if you know what you are doing.  But strait
out of the box, Microsoft development tools are DESIGNED to promote
lock-in to Microsoft Windows.

Yes.

Third party ISVs are strongly 'encouraged' to do the same thing.
For instance: Most web builder tools and middle ware will default to
generating Active X instead of Java, even though they are capable of
either.  Since it works out of the box on the development platform,
programmers and management don't even consider whether or not the web
application adheres to industry standards.

So back to your comment:

As long as most programmers and management continue to blindly use MS
development tools, the lock-in will continue to extend to web services,
and that is EXACTLY what MS wants.

So ask yourself:  What do YOU want?

I will take my freedom and go home, thank you.


So, how do you recommend that I promote what I want (the use of
STANDARDS, not MS code)? I had already suggested to write to the
guilty websites.

Dotan Cohen

http://what-is-what.com/what_is/ram.html
http://laurieotto.com


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