Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th May 2009 19:06 UTC
Linux We all know them. We all hate them. They are generally overdone, completely biased, or so vague they border on the edge of pointlessness (or toppled over said edge). Yes, I'm talking about those "Is Linux ready for the desktop" articles. Still, this one is different.
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OpenOffice is an interesting example. I use OO for couple of reasons: it does what I need, it comes with Linux distribution, etc.

If I was Windows user I might have thought in different way. Perhaps I might say: "It looks almost like MS Office, but it is not MS Office. It does most of the things MS Office does, but still not all of them. Why should I use it, when I may use the real thing instead ?". MS Office is not that expensive, after all, and it can be pirated I someone really wants that.

Here is an analogy. Some Windows people told that I could have UNIX shell and many UNIX programs on Windows, if I installed SFU or Cygwin or something else. Just like a hypothetic guy above, I told them: "Why should I do that, when I can have a real thing."

Linux (and other OS) apps should use different models and paradigms to solve problems through software. It was Microsoft who successfully hijacked earlier concepts, like spreadsheet application, graphics environment that looks like working desk, etc. It is not likely that someone else can hijack those ideas again and become successful.

MySQL is a good example, perhaps the first DB engine one could use hassle free. MS SQL required Windows server, Oracle had many requirements, it was highly sensitive on OS version, and other OS and hardware issues. Installing Sybase ASE is a high art. MySQL was easy, a DB server for everyone. A new concept at that time. It was not so much optimized, and that made it less dependent on OS and hardware, easier to install and maintain. Other DB vendors started to release "developer versions" of their servers, which one could run on any PC. Linux apps should be like MySQL, a new concept.

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