Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th May 2009 22:04 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Many Linux users have experience with Wine, the application compatibility layer which allows some Windows programs to run on UNIX-like machines. During Ubuntu's Open Week event, Mark Shuttleworth was asked about Wine, and how important he believes it is for the success of Ubuntu.
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Maybe some of them cannot indeed readily express what they mean - BTW, that doesn't mean that they lie; sometimes you really need to sit with them and see them use the thing to understand what they're trying to convey.

I for one have no problems doing that within my specific field, which is professional technical translation. And therefore won't use Linux for work for some years to come.

"Proper de jure standards," even if they exist, don't mean a thing if people en masse use something else (if you make them use these standards, that's fine). I need to do something today in a specific format, using specific features and in a certain time frame. Either I can do that with this OSS app or I can't; in the latter case, I don't really care whether it is because of some proprietary format, or because the developers haven't yet implemented this feature because nobody pays them and they do it in their free time. That's why I talk about de-facto standards.

quality, not support for ephemeral functions, and not lock-in

Contrasting quality with "support for ephemeral functions" is very telling... That's partly where FOSS problems are. Who are you to call functions someone needs ephemeral? They are there because there is user demand for them.

And speaking of lock-in, I prefer to be locked in within 90% of the potential opportunities that within 10% of them. It would be wonderful if there were no lock-ins whatsoever, but they will necessarily appear even without vendor's specific intent - just as an effect of a vendor doing something new that nobody has yet replicated.

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