windoze... I'z is so smrt.
No, just trying to fire somebody up enuff to build a solid GPS app for linux and we can get the party started.
On windoze, I see tonnage of GPS apps, so why do it again, will anyone notice? out of the simulacra of gps apps on windows, who will even find it?
BUT if you would do linux, then scores of netizens would come out of the woodwork to use it and adopt it on that platform, enuf to make it worth it by far, esp. since GPS is such a hole on *nix (even mac).
This is why I get frustrated.
B/C linux, yes is a small % share. And yes, linux types are not your high end bulk buyers. But there is real value in attracting the power linux user to tinker with your app:
1. the OSS innovation cycle should work extremely well with GIS/GPS type apps (if you're dozer-only then forget the OSS cycle),
2. porting to mac from nix is not so bad (and easy when the OSS world does it for you), while porting to small embedded/linux devices yeh ...
3. encourages integration with other apps (including web-apps) as users knit it into more possibilities
So, own the copyright + url-domain + application-name, drive the OSS cycle, port to mac, and let a thousand flowers bloom ... whether it makes it to windozer or not.
windoze... I'z is so smrt.
Well it works both ways bro, "msreyes" thats real smrt too.msreyes windoze... I'z is so smrt.
That is a matter of opinion and I'm sure users don't go out and study up on windows vs. linux, they just want a GPS app on their box, unless you're just selling to developers?
I refuse this port-to-wine crap, either its good for linux or not, also I can't contribute to source code going the wine route.gosmondson The work being done with Wine + StreetDeck is progressing well, why not help with this if you dont like the current solution?
Also, why should I port-to-wine when it costs $200 and sux for linux?
I dig that toaster, but the 5% is a real bad guess :/2k1Toaster And from a logical point of view, why would you code something to be commercially available for only like 5% of the users which includes OSX and various Linux distros? You want money to rebuild some of the developement and advertising costs, as well as profit! So the obvious choice is windows. If windows was really that bad, then why do most people in the world use it?!
Think about it: how many GPS apps are there that are on windows now, like 30+ (and if you include the proprietary devices like pioneer, sony, tomtom, etc its upwards of 50-100).
How many on mac? 1-4.
How many on linux? 1-2.
Now is streetdeck going to be better than those cats by doing their own development and working out deals with map providers on their own and staying competitive with a $200 price ONLY for windows? No chance.
But if they did it on linux, and embraced OSS methods, then the party starts. At least they can be unique and offer something new.
Their money would be made in the rise in user accounts on their website, the traffic on the site (ad-sense), and long term try to work out a licensing deal with a hardware company or an auto company for integration or something along those lines.
Sure there is some short term money with the current streetdeck, I bet, but I'd also bet it goes right out the door to some patent dispute and licensing content from navtec.
Just don't do shrink wrap GPS dozer-only for $200.
Lets do fully interactive GIS/GPS and let the people drive the code.
Linux in my experience has had limited drivers, poor graphics support, etc... Their gaming is just now starting to port Windows (but in no way comparable to what the pc has already) and it's all about the graphical interface when it comes to car computing...