Open Source outfit snubs Linux

While open source is associated with Linux, it seems that the writers of the software Songbird did not get that memo.

Songbird developers Pioneers of The Inevitable have announced that it is abandoning its Linux product in favour of its Windows and Mac versions only.

Writing in their bog, they said the decision was painful. “Some of you may wonder how a company with deep roots in Open Source could drop Linux and we want you to know it isn’t without heartache. We have a small engineering team here at Songbird, and, more than ever, must stay very focused on a narrow set of priorities.”

They are not the only ones. Sony announced on March 28th that it would be pulling Linux support from its flagship gaming product, the Play Station 3 (PS3).

While the reason is that it thinks it will cut down on movie piracy, the real reason is  that maintaining the HyperVisor drivers through each firmware update was costing a bomb.

Microsoft has dropped Linux from its Enterprise Search product, although many open sourcers would have been surprised that Redmond supported the OS in the first place.

But the question might be whether cracks are starting to appear in the Linux model.

It seems that while times are good people are happy to spend a bit of time developing software that does not get much use. However, when times are a bit harder, they want to focus all their attention writing code that pays the mortgage. Linux has more or less replaced Unix on servers but the applications being looked at are more at the consumer end.

It seems that Linux is doomed to be excelled to the server box.