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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The funny thing...
by Lumbergh on Wed 22nd Dec 2004 03:06 UTC

is that open source apps tend to run better on windows than on Linux. Firefox has a smaller footprint and runs a bit faster on windows. Eclipse runs much better on windows. Emacs/Xemacs still doesn't have AA fonts on linux except with an unofficial patch.

"Windows user" a few comments up is exactly right. IE is a disaster for security, but there's no need to use it, so why switch?

Now a few people are making the assumptions that because Firefox is crossplatform it makes it easier to make the migration to Linux. Maybe that's the case for a complex app like OO, but FireFox is just a browser. The basics of a browser are almost universal. Now maybe in the corporate world, you can make the case that using Open Office on windows will make the transition to linux easier, but the home user will just keep on using OO on windows.