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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by hmmm on Tue 21st Dec 2004 18:24 UTC

Its sad to see all my favorite GNU apps being ported over to Windows.

But I believe that we'll build the best OS I could ever ask for.. I can imagine it now.. an operating system that was preconfigured with the defaults I prefer upon installation. Installs over the 'net or from a CD or flash drive and upgrades automaticly based on a simple configurable profile. Has all my favorite apps or knows how to get them when I click on their icon. And clusters up my systems to offer me a fault tolerant redundant network of cheap storage and CPU resources.

Its gotta have audio/video editing software, analog modelling synths and all the usual office apps. Plenty of skins and icons for customizability, and all the defaults set just how I like them. No more stupid popup messages asking me dumb questions I've answered a thousand times before.

All that and it will be absolutely free.

Can anyone imagine a future where GNU doesn't conquer the software industry? I mean, look at it. Its free. Its improving very fast. And its free. How can any corporation compete with that? You have to sell propoganda and lies, or give away your product, to compete. And that costs money. Eventually the company will go out of business if it doesn't get revenue through some other services. But GNU software will never die any form of economic death. Its limited only by the collective interest and intellect of the world.