Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 16:56 UTC, submitted by Robert
Novell and Ximian Novell might have signed a patent and interoperability deal with Microsoft Corp but it is not about to give up competing with the software giant and last week released a study that suggests its Linux desktop product is better value than Windows Vista. The company's competitive guide compares SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop with Windows Vista and claims that the Linux product provides 90% of Vista's functionality and 10% of the price.
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If nothing else, you've given an example of why it's a bad idea to write open source software for Windows, simply in order for Microsoft to sell Windows.

Does that outweigh the benefits of cross-platform software? If the state of software is equal between two platforms then people would choose solely based on the merit of the platforms.

Additionally, switching both the platform and the apps at once is more difficult than just switching either the apps or the platform individually.

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