Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26


What I'm saying is that, for all practical purposes, Linux runs a sub-set of the apps available to the OSX and Windows user.


This is an incorrect assumption on your part. Not every open source application is ported to Windows or let alone MacOS X. And if there is a port, it may be "second grade" solution like KDE/Cygwin on Windows, or all the crap on macports/fink/whatever the mac people use these days.


That is not a good place to be when you are all but invisible in OEM system sales. The kit builder - the technical hobbysist - does not drive adoption.

But mobile devices do.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

This is an incorrect assumption on your part. Not every open source application is ported to Windows or let alone MacOS X.


His point is valid in that the best open source applications are ported to Windows so to the typical consumer there is a clear net loss in application compatibility when switching to Linux.

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


His point is valid in that the best open source applications are ported to Windows so to the typical consumer there is a clear net loss in application compatibility when switching to Linux.


Some applications (e.g. development tools) just can't be ported.

Agreed that for "typical consumer", such applications don't matter. But they matter to developers, which are the most important user segment (as Ballmer agrees).

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