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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windows users
by Anonymous on Tue 21st Dec 2004 19:50 UTC

I know many windows users in the CS program at my university who need to use the *nix functionality and espically enjoy the friendliness of Linux (compared to Solaris 9 workstations) but don't have enough inertia to switch. They usually site lack of games, or that they are just to rooted in their windows desktop world. I can see the argument that just giving them ports would not give them a reason to switch completely. On the other hand if they use more and more ports their current OS would be slowly replaced and a switch to Linux/GNU desktop would be a cake walk. Also its kind of sad watching these users struggle with cygwin or getting gvim properly configured in Windows.