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: What if Apple followed the same logic
by Mike on Tue 21st Dec 2004 18:44 UTC

Very true... and I remember reading an article that suggested an increase in corresponding Apple PC sales to users who bought iPods. (Kind of like a commitment psychology, if you will.)

I sympathize w/ the author's points... I share them to a level... but, as many others here have said... multi-platform apps enable one to more easily pivot between Windows and the free Unices....

If I get used to Firefox on windows.... and someone asks me to try out Linux as a desktop.... I will feel more comfortable in the transition because of a familiar face.

But there is a critical period in this equation.... The Desktop Linux initiative really needs to make some MAJOR headway in the next 2 years or less... polishing, modernizing, integration, and a little catch-up on the anonymous weaknesses... If the critical period is not met, the author's fears may very well come true.