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: Anonymous users
by Darius on Tue 21st Dec 2004 20:07 UTC

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Except XP is stable
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hmm. thats just a opinion


Not really an opinion, but more or less determined by the user. In the hands of a competent user and good hardware/drivers, it's nearly bulletproof.

so MS not bothering to develop IE is to their credit better than Mozilla foundation developing and releasing Firefox on multiple platforms for free and with source code licensed under MPL?

What I'm saying is that if MS had even bothered to compete for the past 5 years instead of resting on their laurels, it is doubtful that anyone using Windows would've ever heard of Firefox. Worst case senario, IE would at least be on par with Opera.

Well I have 2 powerfull ones to not run them on Windows, security and price. And if have them running on a securer and cheaper one then I'll stick to that option.

Security is no problem here, and to anyone else who bothers to learn my 7 Step Security Guide To Windows(TM) - do I really need to post it?
As for price, assuming you've got the same open source apps running Windows and Linux (as has been suggested in this thread), how big of a factor is price? Usually, you get Windows as part of a new machine or upgrade over an existing one, so that's $100 ($300 being the worst-case senario for the full version of WinXP Pro). That'll usually last you about 4-5 years. So, is $100-$300 every 4-5 years really a huge investment? Generally, one would pay at least $50 for a user-friendly Linux distro that wasn't a pain to set up, and you'll probably only get a couple of years out of that. (For example, how many Xandros users on the board are still using v1? By comparson, how many Windows users are still using Win98SE?)

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.

That may work, but on the other hand, your chances for conversion are much higher if make some absolutely killer desktop apps and make them Linux/Unix-only. I promise you that if you build some apps that once used, people realize they can't live without, they will at the very least set up a dual-boot system. Even with Linux at its current state, if you build some Naps