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Songbird Ditches Linux. So What?

From the 'Cross-Platform Development' files:

A year and a half ago, I was among those that celebrated the release of Songbird 1.0 -- a Mozilla based open source music challenger to iTunes.

Unfortunately for me -- and other Linux users, the Songbird effort is now not nearly as interesting, as developers have chosen to stop supporting Linux. It's a decision that in my personal view, shows the limited view that some take toward cross-platform development and why it is still sometimes a challenge to build for Linux.

"After careful consideration, we've come to the painful conclusion that
we should discontinue support for the Linux version of Songbird,"  Georges Auberger wrote on the Songbird blog."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."

Auberger goes on to noted that there will be a community version of Songbird for Linux but it will be unsupported, untested and may not get all the same feature as Windows and Mac - so yeah basically a dead duck.