It was developed for linux, windows and OSX support came later. Indeed it would not have been possible without all the other great free software that's been developed for linux.
Fair enough. Well, what can I say? I finally got my machine/the time to play with it and it's fantastic. The only issue I had was installing convertlit from source-- it needs, according to the README "LIBTOMMATH" to compile but the address listed in the README is incorrect and instead one needs to get LibTom from http://libtom.org/
Nonetheless, once that was done I tried out the NYTime script and it worked like a charm. Thank you so much for the hard work.