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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I disagree with his comment
by renoX on Wed 22nd Dec 2004 10:40 UTC

I used to be a dual booter Linux/Windows 98 and when I changed computer, I installed Windows XP only: it is stable enough now, no need for Linux (having two OS to patch, to learn was annoying).

And on Windows, I'm using Mozilla because I dislike very much IE (no tabs, pop-up hell,etc..), does-it means that Linux lost an user because Mozilla on Windows is good?
No: if I hadn't have Mozilla, I could still have a good 'browsing experience' on Windows either using Opera, or adding extensions to IE to get rid of pop-up and being able to use tabs..

So does free software on Windows reduce the interest of Linux? Yes. Does-it really makes a difference? IMHO, no.