Linked by David Adams on Tue 21st Dec 2004 17:45 UTC, submitted by Lumbergh
Editorial A KDE developer opines that the move to port the top open source applications to Windows will undermine the potential for a widely-used open source desktop operating system.
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Incumbent OS
by Omega on Tue 21st Dec 2004 18:02 UTC

He has an interesting point. Though this article should be called "How to kill Linux on the Desktop".

The problem is that Windows is the incumbent OS. If people want to encourage others to migrate to Linux, there must be a way to ease such a transition, and Open Source apps ported to Windows can help make that transition (in term of data, training, integration, etc). This is a point the author forgets to mention

But of course, as the author says, by porting Open Source applications to Windows, people encourage Windows users to stay with Windows.

But as we are talking about open source, someone, someday, will port the open source of an application to Windows. So... why fight something that will happen anyway?

I think Windows is fundamentally a poor platform and porting quality application on that platform will act as a bridge to the Open Source OS (Linux).

The other alternatve is Wine (which supports too few applications) or an emulator such as Win4Lin. But starting from Windows and progressively pulling toward Linux is probably the best way to transition.