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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Re: KDE mindset ?
by Anonymous on Wed 22nd Dec 2004 14:33 UTC

could it be a sign that the KDE mindset is closed? Could the fact that OpenOffice and FireFox/ThunderBird and other applications use GNOME be a sign that GNOME is developed with a more open mind?

Neither OO nor Firefox use GNOME. OO has optional GTK+ support, but it has KDE support too. FF uses only a GTK "theming", and a KDE one is in beta testing now.

And as others have pointed out, with GNOME applications available on Windows, people will be able to switch to Linux if they have enough of Windows' lack of reliability and security.

How many Windows-only users do you know using GTK applications in everyday work?

Is the author's closed mindset representative of other developers of KDE ?

Not at all, since they are porting KDE apps to Windows =)

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However, I have to agree with the author.
It has just happened with Firefox. When it was unknown to the big audience, users complained a lot about Windows security and some of them even began thinking if it was convenient for them to switch. Then Firefox reached the media. Users installed Firefox, and now they're happy Windows users, with no valid reason to change platform.
Firefox helped Microsoft consolidating Windows userbase.