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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Last Post is right on
by Desertfox on Wed 22nd Dec 2004 09:05 UTC

People move to Linux because of the OS not the applications.

People stay on windows because they're used to it and the applications.

If what the people were used too was also on Linux (Or the other way around if you want to put it that way) then there's not as much trouble switching.

I moved to FreeBSD first, and then also to windows. I moved because I host my own web pages and got nailed with a virus under windows. So, I moved for the security and was willing to learn a whole new os and application space to do it. Mosy users aren't willing to give all that up.

As long as OSS continues to be ported to windows, users will have to give up less and less to CHOOSE which OS they want to use.