posted on May, 30 2011 @ 11:28 AM
So... I use Linux on all my machines (Ubuntu, but I modify the crap out of it so it doesn't really count as Ubuntu anymore...) Anyway, I tend to keep
up on at least some of the ins and outs of things like software companies that support Linux and Linux users' demand for various programs and
It struck me the other day when I was (for the zillionth time) following up on the (non-existent) support for Linux from Netflix for their instant
streaming service. Every single post on the Netflix site having to do with new features or expanded support for this or that device is spammed
with people demanding Linux support.
Usually, companies will say there's "just no demand" for Linux ports of their products, but I find that to be complete bunk. Netflix, Intuit
(Quickbooks, etc), Adobe, and others must be very aware that there is indeed a large Linux user base, and that they are indeed willing to
pay for proprietary software. The idea that there's no money in porting your programs to Linux is just nonsense. I like a good FOSS program as
much as the next guy, but if there's a better option available for a price, I'll pay it if I need it.
So what gives? Is there a concerted effort to make it look like "nobody uses Linux?"