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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fundemental disagreement
by Richard Spindler on Tue 21st Dec 2004 20:18 UTC

I couldn't disagree more with what that guy says, and there are several reasons why I believe he's wrong.

1)
It's basically geekery.

2)
Nobody really cares about applications he doesn't use.
Example: It's not: "Oh there is this great Application on Linux, I definitly switch instantly"
Instead: "So these strange Applications are common on Linux, well propably I'll stick to what I know better."

3)
Nobody uses Windows because it's so great that you'll stay with it even if all your Applications are available on Linux too. Some might, but these might stay anyway.
(See 5)

4)
Free Software is not about taking over the world, at least in my opinien, it's basically about beeing FREE, that's all, simple isn't it?
And in my Opinion that includes running Free Software on every possible device and Operating System, it provides more choices, which is good. Limiting the user is bad, always, period.

5)
To all Linux obsessed geeks, panicing that the "windows-guys" will "steal" their precious Applications.
Have you recently used Windows XP?
It's a big pain in the Ass. Users would switch like the lemmings if they were used to the applications available there (exaggerated of course).
Why is it a pain?
-Unfixable if it's broken
-You have to hunt down obscure sequences of numbers on geeky websites to fill in registration forms all over the place.
-Random Rebooting might fix or break random stuff
-Constant fear of applying updates, because they might break something.
-No ISOs on microsoft.com
-Third party drivers needed for almost every piece of hardware.
-Big fear because plugging into the Internet might impose evil diseases and viruses on the machine
-etc.

Some reasons might be geeky, most are exaggerated, but I think in overall they are more or less valid