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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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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nt_jerkface Member since:

I'm still not seeing a comparable barrier to adoption.

The major open source IDEs and compilers are available for Windows.

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vivainio Member since:

The major open source IDEs and compilers are available for Windows.

Try installing these on Windows:

... or any of the curses applications.

You might be able to get stuff working on Windows, but many things are easier and better supported in Linux (because that's where the user/developer community mainly sits).

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