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 ?
I am in the process of considering a switch to Linux for trading (because I am a geek at heart, not because Windows doesn't work). I need to see if I can work with IB's data feed limitations. If only eSignal or RealTick would offer a Linux SDK for their data, I would switch in a heartbeat. I tried running both RealTick and eSignal under Wine the other day. Didn't work. But, it was the first time I ever tried to use Wine, so maybe with some adjustments?
BTW, I know RealTick offers a pure sockets interface (Tuber) to their data feed, but it costs a lot of money. Other options might be opening a Datek account and hooking into its web based feed. Don't know how good a feed it is though.
Anyone know a reliable feed for S&P E-minis that will work under Linux and doesn't cost an arm and a leg?