Linked by David Adams on Sun 6th Nov 2011 04:34 UTC
Linux While it may seem like Linux-only projects are betraying their loyal base by developing Windows or OSX versions, I would argue that cross-platform development is actually better for Linux as a whole, better for individual software projects and their developers, and ultimately better for Linux users.
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RE: Comment by Gone fishing
by westlake on Sun 6th Nov 2011 17:26 UTC in reply to "Comment by Gone fishing"
westlake
Member since:
2010-01-07

Mozilla, VNC, Skype, Google World, and the GIMP etc being applications that are found in Windows makes the transition easier.


It makes the move unecessary.

There are enormous economies of scale at play in Windows.

By the time product reaches retail shelves, the OEM Windows system install is - for all practical purposes - free.

Walmart.com sells a 3.4 GHz i7 desktop wth 16 GB RAM and a 2 TB HDD for $1000.

A beast like this running Win 7 is a damn capable machine at a mass-market price. It will be easy to secure and easy to manage no matter how often the geek pretends otherwise.

23" monitor included.

After-market sales of hardware, software, accessories and services are huge.

There is no dual inventory and support structure to maintain.

This why the geek goes into cardiac arrest when anyone mentions "secure booting."

The only leverage he has to drive adoption of Linux is affordable commodity PC hardware.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

The "free' Windows software is an illusion. Every few years the Windows PC owner must buy new hardware to run the latest version. Don't forget the new versions of Office, McAfee, Norton, Nero etc which are also purchased by most users.

My 5yo home built PC still runs Ubuntu 11.04 as well as it ran Ubuntu 6.10 back in 2006. I haven't spent a cent on software and have only replaced a hard drive and PSU (which was over 10 years old). It will probably still easily meet the minimum hardware requirements for Linux for another 10-15 years.

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

The "free' Windows software is an illusion. Every few years the Windows PC owner must buy new hardware to run the latest version. Don't forget the new versions of Office, McAfee, Norton, Nero etc which are also purchased by most users.

Only one problem with the above... Everything you said is total bullsh*t.

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Wafflez Member since:
2011-06-26

Really? Which Linux distribution is supported for 10 years like Windows XP?

You do realize that one of the reasons while Windows prevailed in business (and thus in homes) is because of the support. And backwards compatability. Backwards compatibily - yeah I'm sure you never heard that, because Linux is a giant mess and stuff goes deprecated even before you can learn it's APIs, lol.

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RE[2]: Comment by Gone fishing
by JAlexoid on Mon 7th Nov 2011 11:03 in reply to "RE: Comment by Gone fishing"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

A $1000 machine is a mass-market price? What are you smoking there? It's either premium or overpowered.

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