It has been a while since Linux became more popular among the non-hackers. Projects like Ubuntu, OpenOffice and Firefox really brought the spotlight to Linux as just another option for your desktop, but it’s hard to compete with money-driven brands such as Apple’s Macs. Not anymore!
According to the register, “Versions 2.3 [of the OpenOffice] is available for Windows, Linux, and Solaris, but Mac mavens won’t get an update until sometime next year” [source]. Funnily enough, IBM’s symphony (their office suite) which also uses the same Open Document format as OpenOffice “is available free of charge to Windows and Linux users” [source].
So, now… what about Mac users? Why should they have to wait that much more to have something that is clearly multi-platform and intended to anyone in the world, for free? Is it that more difficult to develop Mac applications? Well, thank god Linux is the best development environment and it may not touch you (if you’re a non-hacker) but the benefits are showing up these days…
It’s time for non-hackers to start thanking us with our complicated Linux boxes because they will be using them (much simpler than we did) in the very near future.