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 21:11 UTC

MS developed in a power user euforia in which they didn't think that anyone would want to infect windows users with viruses that utilize MS key technologies. This is nievity at it's greatest. Despite the viral concerns they have continued to grow their installed base at an alarming rate. The "user friendliness" of windows is the reason why they are so popular. Why wouldn't I want to open a spreadsheet or letter directly from Outlook? As a matter of fact why wouldn't I want to view it in Outlook itself...that's cool...and that's also dangerous. But despite the Linux belief that they steal everything (so do open source developers) they have innovated in areas where they excel - the consumer desktop arena. The more user friendly they became, the more security threats cropped up. Then it became time to secure the system...backwards yes, but you can't argue with the fact that it worked to their benefit.

Must Linux really reinvent the wheel MS perfected? Time for us to write a "Lessons Learned" document. It's more than 1's and 0's....