Bray explains]1 what it means to be a sharecropper in the sofware
“If you develop server-side software that runs on Unix (by which I
mean any platform that runs bash and creates processes with fork(),
which includes GNU/Linux, Solaris, AIX, and many others), you’re not a
sharecropper. They’re not 100% compatible, but they’re enough alike
that you can move around and nobody really owns the turf.
You’re not a sharecropper if you’re building around the Apache
webserver and the increasingly-large suite of associated software.
Nobody owns it, and it runs on anything; nuff said.”Then goes on to argue that applications running in a web browser are
more usable that those running on the desktop.
“These people have forgotten that all user interfaces used to be
“richer environments,” which the users abandoned by the millions, in
favor of the browser, the moment they got a chance. I said millions
and I meant millions: tens of millions, hundreds of millions of
browser downloads from the Netscape that was, and the software vendors
fighting the rearguard actions to defend their “richer,” “more
responsive,” “higher-performance” client software; and losing,
A significant reason for the mass migration to browser-based apps was
not that the browser was intrinsically better or more usable, but
instead because there was suddenly an abundance of apps, and most of
these magical new things ran only in a browser. Although I do
think that web-based apps are simple and consistant, making them
easier to use than many of the so called “rich-client” apps out there.