Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Dec 2006 16:56 UTC, submitted by Governa
OSNews, Generic OSes eWeek's Peter Coffee has compiled his idea of the 25 killer applications of all time. "Microsoft's Vista has widely inspired the 'Why do I need that?' question, which past 'killer applications' have answered in different ways for different platforms during three decades of personal computing."
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no Linux?
by chrishaney on Sat 16th Dec 2006 17:59 UTC
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2005-11-15

Windows and Mac are listed as killer apps while Linux is not even mentioned.. LOL

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RE: no Linux?
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 16th Dec 2006 18:05 in reply to "no Linux?"
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2005-06-29

Windows and Mac are listed as killer apps while Linux is not even mentioned.. LOL

Windows is the platform 95% of the world's desktops uses, the Mac is basically what started the PC revolution. Linux is impressive, but it has not achieved any of the above.

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RE[2]: no Linux?
by Kroc on Sat 16th Dec 2006 18:10 in reply to "RE: no Linux?"
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2005-11-10

A 'Killer App' usually creates unequivical demand (e.g. Visicalc); an app that people suddenly realise they must have. Linux started out as a FOSS clone of Minix. There's never really been unprecidented demand for Linux; the same tasks can be achieved on other systems, though at a greater price. Linux is more of a proponent of a wider evolution of the software industry into open standards and software.

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RE[2]: no Linux?
by archiesteel on Sat 16th Dec 2006 18:21 in reply to "RE: no Linux?"
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2005-07-02

Oh, I disagree that the Mac started the PC revolution...the Mac started the GUI revolution, for sure, but the IBM PC is what started the PC revolution - which is why, incidentally, it's called the PC revolution!

(Historical note from an old fart: before the PC, people talked of Personal Computers as "microcomputers", as opposed to "minicomputers", which were as big as a desk, and "computers", which took over spaceships and killed their crews while en route to Jupiter.)

As for Windows' market share...could we please not bring numbers into this, and just say that Windows is on the "vast majority" of PCs? I just don't want anyone to start bandying web stats around again.

Edited 2006-12-16 18:33

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RE[2]: no Linux?
by twenex on Sat 16th Dec 2006 18:31 in reply to "RE: no Linux?"
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2006-04-21

As we've hinted, this list is a personal view (they always are).

In my view, and this will come as no surprise to you, Linux IS a killer app, whereas Windows could be described in the same terms the author describes dBase/Mac.

YMMV.

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RE[2]: no Linux?
by ralph on Sat 16th Dec 2006 18:44 in reply to "RE: no Linux?"
ralph Member since:
2005-07-10

the Mac is basically what started the PC revolution. Linux is impressive, but it has not achieved any of the above.

Thom, OSX, not the Mac is listed and whatever one might think about OSX, it certainly didn't start the PC revolution.

And arguing that Linux achieved as much as OSX wouldn't be all that hard now, would it?


Anyway, as with all those lists, the choices are of course subjective and while I might not agree with all of them, it was still a fun read.

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RE[2]: no Linux?
by twenex on Sat 16th Dec 2006 19:53 in reply to "RE: no Linux?"
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2006-04-21

Sorry, the honor of starting the PC revolution goes to the IBM PC or Apple II.

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RE: no Linux?
by mlouka on Sat 16th Dec 2006 18:11 in reply to "no Linux?"
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2005-11-16

Well, I supposed Linux never pretended to be revolutionary (in the technical sense) -- the goal was to produce a free Unix clone rather than something significantly new. Of course, the original Unix implementation and X11 were/are killer apps. They enabled the Unix workstation revolution of the late 80s and early 1990s when many of todays high-end apps that have been killers in their fields (e.g. Maya) saw the light of day, in addition to Unix being the foundation of Mac OS X and the inspiration for Linux.

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RE[2]: no Linux?
by twenex on Sat 16th Dec 2006 18:37 in reply to "RE: no Linux?"
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2006-04-21

It's revolutionary in that it's the first implementation of Linux or any FOSS software to gain as much traction.

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RE: no Linux?
by twenex on Sat 16th Dec 2006 18:22 in reply to "no Linux?"
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2006-04-21

Funny, but hardly something to make it into Roald Dahl adult fiction.

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