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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No, IMHO he is completely wrong
by Elvis Elvis on Wed 22nd Dec 2004 07:01 UTC

OSS applications must be ported to Windows or any other OS as much as possible. This enables to ease switching of working enviroment.

At forst user changes IE into FireFox. He likes it, no popup, no accidental spyware. Later he wants to to create his own pages so he chooses Apache+MySQL+PHP(Perl) instead of IIS. If he in need of some office package he might choose OpenOffice instead of MS Office (especially if he doensn't like to steal or don't want to be caught using aprox. 500$ value MS Office). If he want to have another enviroment he might try KDE (if it would be ported).

So after year or two he might realize that the only thing left is the undelying OS.. So he might try to change the last step...

That was my path to Linux. I've started to use freeware StarOffice and continued to use it whet it became OpenOffice, I've used Mozilla for www and mail (even left behind The Bat in favor of Mozilla Mail). Now, I have Appple PowerBook and it uses Linux instead of Mac OS X (I boot into OS X only occasionally when I need VirtualPC to run VisualFox).