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 think Seigo is totally wrong
by Chrisr on Wed 22nd Dec 2004 16:06 UTC

Open Source Software (OSS) applications for Windows should be encouraged. If people start to use Mozilla, Thunderbird, OpenOffice, etc on the Windows platform it makes it EASIER to migrate them to Linux / BSD later on. This makes the OS a runtime and at some point someone will want to exploit the value of existing commodity runtimes, be it a business, a PC vendor, or even the end user.

I run XP on for my desktop but use Debian, RedHat, and OpenBSD for other projects. I have been considering migrating to desktop BSD or Linux by the time Longhorn comes out. The approach I would take is to migrate to free cross platform OSS applications first, then switch the OS.

Granted I am not normal, er I mean a normal end user. But come on do you think that anyone is going to migrate to Linux to use Firefox or Mozilla or whatever OSS?

The fact that people running Windows cannot contribute to OSS projects is suspect as well. These people could provide, testing, usability feedback, end user perspective, etc.

I never reply to these things, but he got this so freakin backwards I couldn't stop myself.