Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Dec 2007 19:39 UTC, submitted by michuk
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers."
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RE: Linux Fails on applications
by lemur2 on Wed 5th Dec 2007 23:10 UTC in reply to "Linux Fails on applications"
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I recently did a one year GNU/Linux experiment. Linux Failed in the application dept.

You listed some failings of Adobe Photoshop and your Polar Heart rate monitor, not of Linux.

Linux is perfectly capable of running both of those applications if the vendors were prepared to port them. Despite the fact that many applications are not ported, and are not cross-platform, many applications for Windows (where the application vendor has not bothered to make a cross-platform application) can nevertheless be run flawlessly under Wine.

There are some vendors who go out of their way to make sure that you cannot run their software on any platform other than Windows. Adobe is one such company (for some of its applications), Autodesk is another, and of course Microsoft is the most famous.

Don't buy their products would be the sensible recommendation. They are deliberately trying to limit YOUR choice of computing platform, after all.

Would you buy a CD that could only be played on Sony equipment? Would you buy a TV that could only receive one broadcaster's signal? Would you buy a telephone handset that could make calls only to other phones on the Bell network?

No? You wouldn't? Then why put up with this sort of nonsense on your PC?

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