[linux-audio-user] Finale for Linux

Daniel James daniel at mondodesigno.com
Fri Jul 9 06:19:11 EDT 2004

On Thursday 08 Jul 2004 8:29 pm, R Parker wrote:
> You could contact Daniel James from the Linux
> Consortium, linuxaudio.org, and ask his advice.

My view is that pure software companies producing only proprietary 
applications are the least likely to be interested in Linux, and 
that's probably no bad thing. Linuxaudio.org has not engaged in 
making this kind of request for porting, and I don't expect that it 

Think of it from the proprietary point of view. Firstly, there's no 
established mass market of people making music on Linux who are 
prepared to pay for non-libre software. There is a market like this, 
a subset of Apple users who don't used cracked software (my guess 
would be a minority, but a significant one).

Secondly, most specialist music software companies are relatively 
small. They don't have the resources to provide decent support on 
more than one platform - and even Windows support can be fairly poor 
sometimes. Offering Linux support would be a stretch for them.

Thirdly, even though Apple uses libre software in its products, it is 
still proprietary-minded. (It would love your code to be released 
under a BSD licence, so that it could re-brand it and sell it back to 
you. Microsoft has no problem with BSD licensing either).

Of course the companies that have grown up around Apple and Microsoft 
share this mindset - and so it's easier to consider porting a Windows 
application to OS X than from OS X to Linux, despite the challenges 
of very different APIs. It's a cultural issue, not a technical one. 

My advice would be that if you have the money to spend on Finale or 
Sibelius but you want to run it under Linux, invest that money in 
developer time on a program like Rosegarden or Denemo to give you the 
features you want instead. That's a serious commercial proposition, 
especially if you are running multiple workstations.



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