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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Re: Incumbent OS
by Anonymous on Tue 21st Dec 2004 18:22 UTC

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?

One could encourage people to not do so, as argued here: that doesn't mean its not possible since it it legal because of the license. But, code could not be allowed in the main tree besides that as well.

The same, that it'll slow adoption, has been said about WINE and Cedega. However in that case it was native versus non-native. In the end its a two-sided blade, and they might as well help the effort, because a certain application works in WINE whereas there's no native solution and there's no incent to 'get' that. If that means the difference between Linux and Windows its a 1-0 for both WINE and Linux.

The joke is, there's absolutely no statistics. Ever heard of a LiteStepper saying he did or didn't switch from Windows to Linux and AfterStep? Even if you did, it doesn't say anything yet. Oh, and the current KDE on Cygwin is definetely too slow and incomplete. At best its a sort of demo with the sidenote that the native *NIX verion is much faster on the exact same hardware.