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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From the point of view of a Windows user ...
by Darius on Tue 21st Dec 2004 19:33 UTC

First of all, it'll be a cold day in ehll before there are equal or better open source apps for all of the apps I'm currently using. (It took the Mozilla foundation about 3 years to pull off that trick, and that was only because their competition [IE] didn't even bother to compete.)
But just assuming that were to happen, if you ported them all to Windows, I would simply use them in Windows. Why? Well, there are several reasons, which I won't bother to go into here for the sake of time. However, probably my number one reason is because I have spent 11 years making Windows my bitch, and am pretty convinced that I can make it run faster and more stable than any modern desktop Linux distro running KDE/Gnome. (Ok, maybe some hardcore Linux tweakers could outdo me, but you'd be hard pressed .. trust me on this one.)
I suppose that a person using open source apps in Windows would be fine for most Linux users, except for the zealots who have this Borg mentality that 'converting' to Linux is the only true path to God.