Linked by David Adams on Sun 6th Nov 2011 04:34 UTC
Linux While it may seem like Linux-only projects are betraying their loyal base by developing Windows or OSX versions, I would argue that cross-platform development is actually better for Linux as a whole, better for individual software projects and their developers, and ultimately better for Linux users.
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RE: Comment by Darkmage
by reconciliation on Tue 8th Nov 2011 14:17 UTC in reply to "Comment by Darkmage"
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"So I can run everything my Linux runs, but have games and proprietary application support too??? How does this help get me off of Windows again?"

If you want games and proprietary application support you will use Windows anyway. It helps with adoption because more and more applications you might use (pidgin, gimp, audacity, f.lux, open/libreoffice, vlc, ...) will be known to you if you ever use Linux or try it out. And that will make you feel more comfortable with it.

Obviously they're not a reason to switch. But they take away a big reason not to switch.
What Linux needs imho is more streamlined gui based configuration. For example if you have a 5.1 system and you want to set up a system wide equalizer or delays for your speakers you have to be a guru in writing asoundrc or you can just forget about it. There are some good gui configuration things like wicd but there are a lot of holes because most people eventually get to editing configuration files and nobody is motivated to try to unify the inconsistent mess.
The ability to run games will come soon enough and is already there for many games. (I could play mass effect 2 days after it was released, although I had to patch wine and recompile it for that)

Linux Mint is doing really good work with consistency and taking away little pains and adding little features (like an "upload to ..." context menu item in nautilus or what it was)

Then there is also missing features/applications that make people turn back. Or hard to find applications. You can spend a lot of time to find an application that does what you want if you don't know what it is called. So if you know that application from Windows or Mac already you will more easily feel "at home". So in that sense cross-platform applications do a great service to Linux. They also attract more developers and familiarize them with cross-platform coding.

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