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 lemur2 on Sun 11th Mar 2007 08:27 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Of course it is"
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{And, of course, most open source software really is cross platform.}

Only if it is designed that way.

Java programs (such as azereus) are inherently cross-platform. Same for Python programs, and I'm sure a few other similar languages as well.

C or C++ programs are only cross-platform if there is an underlying library layer that is cross platform. An excellent example of this is KDE, which has an underlying library called qt. All versions of KDE to date are Linux/BSD only, since qt was Linux/BSD only. Since qt4 is now available also for Windows, then the first version of KDE that uses qt4 (which will be KDE4) will be the first version of KDE available for Windows. Meanwhile, GNOME desktop remains Linux/BSD only.

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