I am paying close attention to VirtualBox as they are going to be coming out with the equivalent of other products' "coherence" mode which will allow you to run Windows applications as if they are on the Linux desktop. Sure Windows still needs to be booted in a small virtual Window, but it is something I can live with until IBM gets a Linux version available. All I want is the ability to easily copy/paste and Alt+Tab to and from all applications.

What is curious to me is if the non-IBM i EGL tooling can run in Linux entirely. Anybody know? When I went to OSCON (O'Reilly Open Source Conference) a few years ago I was left with my jaw open at how many people DIDN'T run Windows. I was by far in the minority sitting there with my black little Thinkpad running XP (80% of attendees had Macs). If those are the developers IBM is targeting with the new EGL tooling then they forgot one important ingredient - the OS those developers run for their desktop :-)

On a similar note, the competing MyEclipseBlue only runs on Windows - what a dumb bummer. http://www.myeclipseide.com/index.php?name=Downloads&req=viewsdownload&sid=32 (Though the regular MyEclipseIDE *does* run natively on Linux).

Aaron Bartell
http://mowyourlawn.com


Pete Helgren wrote:
The Linux world is getting better but my primary complaint is that some applications (not necessarily desktop apps) still need to be compiled and recompiled when there are kernel upgrades (Asterisk is one of those). But in general the desktop world in Linux is pretty trouble free.

Given that XP will no longer be sold after the end of this month, there is will an opportunity for an "XP Replacement" in the market until Windows 7 is released. I'd love to get a few of my customers to embrace a Linux/OpenOffice/Firefox/Thunderbird environment.

As for spending all of my time in Linux, I still cannot until we get a RBD/RDi version that runs in Linux. If I could get *that* then I could spend 95% of my time in Linux (I am running OpenSUSE 11.1).

Someday......

Pete


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