After the Software Wars by Keith Cary Curtis

By Keith Cary Curtis

Given the expertise that's already to be had, we should always have automobiles that force us round, in absolute safeguard, whereas we front room within the again and sip champagne. All we'd like is a video digital camera at the roof, plugged right into a workstation, correct? we've all of the helpful undefined, and feature had it for years, yet don't but have robot-driven automobiles simply because we don't have the software program. This e-book explains how we will construct higher software program and all get our personal high-tech chauffeur.

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In software today, the biggest impediment to sharing ideas is not ego but license agreements. The Linux kernel has even learned from Microsoft's mistakes. 0 kernel was to put the code that draws widgets into the kernel itself. While this can improve graphics performance, it also means that a bug in the code of a button has the capacity to crash the entire system. 5 Linux is Inexorably Winning The fact that the Linux kernel has many advantages over Windows, discussed over these last ten pages, means two things.

These pictures demonstrate a visual difference in complexity between free and proprietary software: System call graph in Microsoft's proprietary web server, IIS. com System call graph to return a picture in the free web server Apache. 25 26 Linux 2. Uniform Codebase (Reliability, Maintainability, and Usability) Linux engineers have found a way to run the same codebase on a wide variety of processors, on devices from cellphones to supercomputers, an unprecedented achievement! Linux has been tuned to first, run correctly, and then run efficiently on two, four, eight, and now 1,000 processor machines.

Free software will be built because it is so valuable to businesses, but everyone else will just come along for the ride and get it for free. The proprietary software model has hurt many of the smaller software markets. For instance, there is no Microsoft of educational software. There are several companies selling proprietary products, perhaps receiving enough revenue to pay for future development, but the proprietary software model has prevented them from achieving critical mass. I recently saw an ad for a tiny software applet to convert a DVD to the iPod video format.

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