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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I disagree
by youknowmewell on Tue 21st Dec 2004 18:05 UTC

The ability to switch easily from one environment to another is something that we need in this age. To lock people into a free software environment is just as bad as what MS has been doing.

His logic is flawed. The example he uses with FF is nice until one realizes that the people who don't care about Linux or free software after using FF on windows were never a potential "market" in the first place. That is to say, they are fixed on Windows, you can't change their ignorance/preference no matter what nice apps you have on Linux.

The transition from windows to linux will be slow for many people, if they transition at all. For those that are potential "converts" we should make the transition as painless as possible.