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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This logic is bassakwards.
by rspickles on Wed 22nd Dec 2004 00:32 UTC

The author is wrong – wrong – wrong --- It is the very existence of these programs that will break down the barrier to moving to Linux for many companies. Not many companies and in fact very few companies that can switch all their computers systems all at once. Most companies will shy away from a total switch to a new system because of the cost and uncertainty involved. Most switches come piecemeal – some people switch to the new systems some stay with the old for a while. In this case it is a real advantage to be able to use the same program on both the new and old systems. OO and Mozilla Firefox both aided us rolling out new Linux systems to replace old Windows systems. Without programs like these We would never have stated the switch. So if you are truly interested in seeing more Linux out there then port more programs Windows. Remember how the office goes so goes the home – especially if the employees can take home a “free” copy to install on their home computer.