According to a recent study by Evans Data Corporation, more than a quarter of European developers using Visual Studio .Net as their primary development environment have written an application for Linux, and more than a third are likely to write a Linux application next year.
The thing which impresses me is that these are not just net.randoms, they’re developers using one of Microsoft’s core developer products. The enemy (that’s us) are within the very Gates.
Now if Visual Studio will run under WINE despite Microsoft’s indifference, these developers can be developing on the same platform they’re deploying on. Which entails them both turning more attention to their new environment and making more requests of other software developers for Linux versions of applications.
Another small way to keep the Linux snowball rolling.