Why

For me, the sad thing about Cardbox has always been that not everyone can use it.

It is paradoxical that the Macintosh, in every way superior to Windows PCs, has the great drawback that Cardbox doesn’t run on it. For Mac users this is a hidden inconvenience because they don’t know what they’re missing (none of Apple’s built-in applications does anything close to what Cardbox does). For me personally it has been tragic: I’d have loved to move everything to a huge, beautiful, 24″ iMac, but my entire life – business and personal – depends on Cardbox databases and it would be impossible to live without them.

And then to look at Linux – when I see something like the Asus Eee appearing, surely the first of many tiny, cheap Linux laptops, I think of the millions of people who might be using Cardbox but can’t.

There are three reasons for wanting Cardbox to work on every computer and not just Windows ones:

  • It gives users of those computers the ability to use Cardbox and all its beautiful features.
  • It makes it possible to create shared Internet-based Cardbox databases that everyone can use and contribute to, without excluding anyone.
  • The best technical support comes from your friends and colleagues. If they all use Cardbox too, you’ll never need to open a manual or press F1; and you’ll never need to design a database format from scratch because the chances there are that someone you know will have one that you can borrow and adapt.

You’ll note that I haven’t mentioned money. Yes, loot is nice and it’s nice to have more of it, but in some of these untapped markets (such as Linux) there is little or no money to be made out of selling software. And we don’t care. We already have enough reasons to want Cardbox to work everywhere.

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