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: Software piracy
by Darius on Wed 22nd Dec 2004 16:10 UTC

More and more companies are cracking down on piracy, ironically the better the companies get at doing so, the better Linux / free software in general will begin to look (I doubt source code matters to these people if binaries are available.)
Exposing people to use the Gimp, MPlayer, OpenOffice.Org, FireFox, Gaim, Thunderbird, and a Quicken Derivative (I've never used Gnumeric or GNUcash or other accounting software on Linux so I can't reccommend,) would make introducing Linux a WHOLE LOT EASIER.

You might have a point with OpenOffice, but for the rest of the apps you mention, there are already free alternatives people are using, such as Trillain vs Gaim, etc. I just tried Trillian v3 last night (the free version) and found it to be much better than Gaim.
As for OpenOffice, tried it as an alternative to MS Office. After about a month, I was back in MS Office ;) It's alright as a free alternative and I'm sure a lot of people who either can't afford or don't want to use MS Office will use it, but I personally found it a bit underwhelming - MSOffice it ain't. I will revisit it again when v2.0 goes gold, as I want to see what kind MS Access capabilities it has.