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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by Jigga on Tue 21st Dec 2004 20:30 UTC

Who the hell wants open source to be dominant on the desktop? I'll be dammed if I ever teach my mother how to log in as root in order to do something. Multiuser has been around way longer than the windows system architecture has, why do you think they didn't make windows multiuser in the first place? They were thinking more along the lines of letting the customers have the simplest, most powerful approach to using the pc - that approach worked. Business desktops and servers, of course will benefit from file permissions of this sort, but you can't think for one minute that the consumer desktop is ever going to want security and permissions as they are currently in the open source os do you?

Besides that I have yet to see KDE or Gnome hold a candle to the XP environment....and I don't even LIKE the XP environment! Lastly, no one wants to see 15000 pieces of a killer app in the open source world. We just need more suites. Integration is perception. With the exception of a few things, components of most open source applications don't "feel" integrated.