Linked by bcavally on Mon 21st Dec 2009 17:18 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Today there are many operating systems available. Every vendor or community round it tries to make it as good as possible. Having different goals, different legacy and different cultures, they succeed in it more or less. We (end users) end up with big selection of operating systems, but for us the operating systems are usually compromise of the features that we would like to have. So is there an operating system that would fit all the needs of the end user? Is is the BeOS clone Haiku?
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RE: availability of software ?
by silix on Mon 21st Dec 2009 22:16 UTC in reply to "availability of software ?"
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I would say that the "availability" of software for Windows is no doubt the biggest BUT also (with Mac) the most expensive. So the sheer number of applications for Windows is only half the story, I have many more applications on my linux machine - because they are free.

problem is, windows software includes both commercial AND free applications (with the latter actually being many -if not all- of the same free programs that linux can run, by virtue of them being developed with multiplatform libraries), while linux only has his free applications, plus some non-free ones ("fruition" only like opera or flash, but not "production", design, or content creation ones along the lines of photoshop or autocad)
OTOH, an end user usually needs applications to be productive, and it's more important he has a good tool (ideally, one that matches mental model, workflow, and functional requirements precisely) at his disposal, than to be able to choose among different, but equally suboptimal, applications

thus, an end user won't care how many are available, if most of them they exhibit the same usability, coherence, UI analysis and design (better, lack thereof), if half of them are text editors/web browsers/media players, and if none of them happens to cover the user's professional working domain (say, content production or design)

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