Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Dec 2007 19:39 UTC, submitted by michuk
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers."
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If Linux wants to win
by alucinor on Tue 4th Dec 2007 20:54 UTC
alucinor
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2006-01-06

If Linux wants to be taken seriously in the entrenched market, then they need to get WINE fully compatible with Windows XP, to the point where Novell and Red Hat will start certifying Windows applications for it. They can shirk Vista for a while. This lull in adoption will give them a chance to catch up.

But there's really no reason why IT markets in developing nations would particularly want to choose Windows XP or Vista over say, Ubuntu. I guess that's where the bribes come in.

Edited 2007-12-04 20:57

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RE: If Linux wants to win
by cyclops on Tue 4th Dec 2007 21:14 in reply to "If Linux wants to win"
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2006-03-12

"If Linux wants to be taken seriously in the entrenched market, then they need to get WINE fully compatible with Windows XP, to the point where Novell and Red Hat will start certifying Windows applications for it. They can shirk Vista for a while. This lull in adoption will give them a chance to catch up. "

Why wine, even Linux and Eric don't agree with that assesment. Wine at best allows you to use legacy applications. It would be better to focus on recreating necessary *functionality* that a windows applications possibly have; open formats allowing none lock in...or you get the gist.

In fact in interests where binary *anything* has been an option these are the areas where GNU is at its weakest.

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RE[2]: If Linux wants to win
by Alleister on Tue 4th Dec 2007 21:45 in reply to "RE: If Linux wants to win"
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2006-05-29

Because there are so many Windows applications that don't have an OpenSource alternative (or an closed source alternative that runs on Linux). I'd love to completely ditch Windows and use Ubuntu exclusively but there are so many Apps that i use which require Windows or Mac.
I don't believe Wine is going to resolve this issue though. Apart from really trivial Programs nothing i ever tried worked on Wine... not even those Apps from the AppDB Platinum list.
If there only at least was a parallels equivalent on Linux (Hardware accelerated 3d+good integration).

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RE: If Linux wants to win
by lord_rob on Tue 4th Dec 2007 22:03 in reply to "If Linux wants to win"
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2005-08-06

Didn't the case lost by Microsoft against the European commission forced them to publish the specifications of Windows, thus easing the reverse engineering work of the developers of Wine ? Just wondering ...

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

I believe that was just the server protocol APIs so other applications can interact easily with Windows Server. (eg. Samba)

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RE[3]: If Linux wants to win
by cyclops on Tue 4th Dec 2007 22:42 in reply to "RE: If Linux wants to win"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

""Didn't the case lost by Microsoft against the European commission forced them to publish the specifications of Windows, thus easing the reverse engineering work of the developers of Wine ? Just wondering ...""

They won, price tag and patents.

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