Category: linux

Software and Priorities (Open and Other)

Just a quick note about software and priorities. I am continually looking to change the software I use to reach the most desirable set of criteria (if I am using software that does not yet embrace those criteria). Here are the criteria, in alphabetical order:

* Active developer community
* Cross platform
* Extensible (plug-ins, etc.)
* Free
* Functionality
* Large user base
* Open source
* Simplicity
* Stability

There are a few pieces of software that more or less meet these criteria, such as:

* [Apache](
* [MySQL](
* [PHP](
* [Python](
* [Ruby](
* [Firefox](
* [Open Office](
* [Pidgin](
* [Blender](
* [VLC](
* [FileZilla](
* [Gimp](, especially the [GimpShop](
* [MediaWiki](
* [WordPress](

Some software I like to use might violate these criteria, such as [notepad2]( (no development, windows only) and [iconforge]( (not free, windows only), but they are simple and good at what they do, so I stick with them. However, over the long run, I see open source, cross platform as winning. I believe I will be cutting over to Ubuntu around 2009 or 2010. Here are my current reservations:

* [Cinelerra]( is not cross platform, plus drivers!
* Open Office Impress sucks compared with Powerpoint
* [Second Life]( client for linux is in alpha

So, the way I look at it, as soon as I can move over to a new operating system while maintaining my current set of software tools (which have been slowly migrating to linux supported options), then I can make the move.

I look forward to the transition.