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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Think the other way.
by Anonymous on Wed 22nd Dec 2004 03:47 UTC

While Windows goes gold, nobody can afford the price and security holes, they will consider Linux. In fact, many of us consider trying Linux; we stop because of the drivers and we obtain windows in a cheap(or free) way. If Open Source Apps are going to be ported more and more to Windows platform, this is actually a preparation step to migrating to Linux. Imagine when desktop users get used to those apps, and their friends tell them "hey do you know that it is as easy as you install windows when you install Linux? and everything works, including all apps that you use in Windows, while you will NOT have IE security holes, it's even FREE!! No registration or activation needed!! Free upgrades and more!!" They may try, once or twice, they will eventually switch to Linux. This may be too positive but I personally believe that OSS will create a bridge from Windows to Linux.