[sword-devel] conversations with Stallman

Jerry Kreps sword-devel@crosswire.org
Fri, 21 Dec 2001 17:57:36 -0600

On Friday 21 December 2001 00:11, Mike Dougherty wrote:
> On Thu, 2001-12-20 at 16:42, Jerry Kreps wrote:
> > On Thursday 20 December 2001 13:20, Lutz, Tom wrote:
> > > I know that we're not missing the main idea but I can't
> > > resist...
> > >
> > > What do we think the main populace of Bible software users
> > > (basic or advanced) will be working on, Windows of Linux? 
> > > Clearly, today, it's Windows.  I don't see this changing too
> > > much in the near future and wouldn't develop for something
> > > other than Windows for Bible software because of it.
> >
> > What? No vision?  Paradigm shifts happen suddenly, with little
> > warning.  The Windows ---> Linux paradigm shift is on the cusp
> > now. If you want to ride the wave when the tsunami hits, now is
> > the time to prepare.  Besides, Tom, when you use a wiget set like
> > QT you have the best of both worlds.  Your work with C++ and the
> > QT toolkit is cross platform.  That's why you see so many QT apps
> > underdevelopment that have executables for both Linux and
> > WIndows.   Now, what do you think is going to happen when people
> > find these neat QT based apps and realize that they can run the
> > same app on a Linux distro like SuSE 7.3 for a fraction of the
> > costs of XP and combine that with the realization that SuSE 7.3
> > or Mandrake 8.1 installs easier that XP, is much more stable and
> > extremly more secure?
> Being new to the C++ world I have no idea what QT is? I know what
> JFC (Swing) is, and I know that it's cross platform.

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> > Global floods happen!  ;-)
> Not anymore. We've been promised. But the sentiment wasn't lost
> ;-).