Hello fellow traders, I have recently decided to program a trading platform for linux (which uses IB on the backbone). I wanted to know if any one of you are considering or have considered or even ARE using Linux? With all the fuss about the Microsoft World Domination scheme (Palladium) I think it is time for me to move on to better pastures. Obviously it is quite a bold move since there are almost no quality charting/trading programs under Linux but there are many open source projects that can be tweaked and made better. That is my goal. In a sense, I don't want to give MS any more of my money, it's starting to feel a little like "the tax collector", give us your money or you're doomed mentality and I hate that. I feel the commercial community will follow and offer linux based solutions (not necessarily JAVA based) but speedier, more stable solutions. For my part, my program is a C/C++, GTK, MySQL based program that handles charting (RT), Order entry and all that you can expect from a commercial distribution (RealTick, Esignal). Since there are bits and pieces of already coded material on the net and GPL, there is a high likelihood that Linux will become the ultimate trading platform. Away from the instability of Microsoft, away from its memory eating habits and especially away from the never ending fees. This is my idea: I make parts of my code available (modules), and those who are interested can contribute. The program can be free, with donations from the community to sponsor our efforts. What do you think ?