Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:05 UTC, submitted by Luis
Linux Complaining about Windows Vista is a national past time on Internet forums these days. Windows Vista 'costs too much', 'has onerous product activation', 'requires too much hardware', etc. These complaints are often followed up by a very simple boast: 'I'm just going to switch to Linux'. But in today's landscape, how viable is that statment? Is the threat to switch to Linux an empty one, or is it entirely possible?"
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RE[7]: Of course it is
by Almafeta on Thu 8th Mar 2007 14:51 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Of course it is"
Almafeta
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2007-02-22

Well, no... by open-source, I meant open-source.

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RE[8]: Of course it is
by stestagg on Thu 8th Mar 2007 15:15 in reply to "RE[7]: Of course it is"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

Then your argument makes no sense. Open-source applications are not, by default, cross-platform. Therefore the fact that an app is open-source does not mean that it has to compile on Linux, or on Windows.

Your comment was:
As it stands right now, Linux support and functionality is a subset of Windows support and functionality. And as long as the Linux community continues to use an open-source development model and as long as there exists even one Windows user with a C++ compiler, that is the way it will stay.

The 'open-source development model' does not preclude linux-only applications. Also, the presence of open-source applications do not preclude closed-source applications on Linux. Proprietary software can be compiled and run on Linux legally.

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RE[9]: Of course it is
by Almafeta on Thu 8th Mar 2007 15:50 in reply to "RE[8]: Of course it is"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

The 'open-source development model' does not preclude linux-only applications. Also, the presence of open-source applications do not preclude closed-source applications on Linux. Proprietary software can be compiled and run on Linux legally.

Prove it. Name me even one piece of closed-source software that only runs on Linux. A 'hello world' program that you wrote and compiled just to prove this point doesn't count.

Edited 2007-03-08 15:50

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