What Has Linux Done for Programmers Lately?

Should Linux do more for programmers? "Absolutely! Linux should go and make me a coffee! Then it should automagically translate my ideas into perfect code," quipped Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot. "And how about walking my dogs for me? Or put away the laundry? Linux is certainly not doing enough for *this* programmer!"

This story was originally published on May 27, 2010, and is brought to you today as part of our Best of ECT News series.

It seems fair to say that the relationship between programmer and platform is in many ways like a romantic one, characterized by mutual respect and a balanced exchange of give and take on both sides.

Just as so many of us love and respect Linux, for instance, so it surely loves us back with all its many virtues -- no strings or price tags attached!

So happy are many in the Linux community with their favorite OS, in fact, that it was difficult not to feel mortally wounded by a recent accusation -- one that not only charged Linux with doing too little for programmers, but then went on to say Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) does more.


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