Friday, November 7, 2008

Jack of all trades, master of none

Pau pra toda obra (Brazilian Portuguese)

Aprendiz de todo, maestro de nada (Spanish)

devyni amatai – deŇ°imtas badas (Lithuanian language)

Well, that is what reminds me some of so called portable/platform independent software we have around Linux environments. It sounds amazing specially in Brazilian Portuguese (literally, "wood for every construction") doesn't it? Just as in OpenOffice.org as it can be used in many platform a thing not even Office could do, so you can edit proprietary formats in many platforms including on the very own proprietary ones, really exciting don't you think?

When it comes to cross-platform everybody is interested, like recently from Linux userspace key Developers Aaron Seigo and Christian Schaller there was even a dispute between Phonon and Gstreamer where multi-platform shines like a popstar. Great so I can use Phonon with some proprietary framework on Windows or even better use Gstreamer as even it does work on windows too.

Oh, lets not forget Mono, the rockstar of the cross platform, wood for every construction even for those constructions that doesn't need wood, just a snake.