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 Andrew on Wed 22nd Dec 2004 08:39 UTC

For what it's worth, here's my view (if something has already been said, please forgive me, but I don't really want to read 65 comments...):

It seems to me that people switch to GNU/Linux or any other Open Source OS because of the features and/or advantages of that OS. I've never heard of anybody that switched to GNU/Linux for the applications. GNOME/KDE are great, and superior to what Windows has to offer (in my opinion) but that wasn't the reason I switched. Most people switch because of the fundamental differences in the operating systems themselves ("No spyware? I'm in!"). Who switches because Evolution (or some other application) looks nice?

The applications are the reasons that most people prefer to stick to Windows. They see that everything is different, and they don't want to go through the time it would take to learn the new ways of doing things. If the applications were the same, all they'd have to worry about is how to use GNOME or KDE (plus some new configuration utilities), and GNOME, at least, is pretty easy to learn (though others may disagree with me on this or on KDE's ease of use).

If that didn't all make sense, or it isn't valid, just ignore it, it's 2:40 am over here.