Are Open Source apps for Windows bad for Linux? (I don't think so)
by Todd Ogasawara
Open Source on Windows - Boon or Bane for Linux?
As a person who uses both Microsoft Windows and Linux boxes on a daily basis, I think Open Source for Windows is a good thing and blog about it on my own site now at then when I spot an interesting FOSS application for Windows:
Open Source for Windows blog
My take is that if Microsoft Windows has an estimated 90 to 95% of the desktop world and a good chunk of the server world, Open Source can get more noticed by more people and bring great applications and server options to the Windows world.
I'd be hard pressed to function efficiently without WinSCP, Python, VNC, putty, JEdit and a bunch of other Open Source applications being available for Windows when I'm using that platform. So, I'd sure hate to see Open Source ports stop heading towards Windows.
What's your take about Open Source applications being made available for Microsoft Windows?
As a teacher and Linux fan, I see two important advantages of OSS apps on Windows:
DISAGREE: A Compromise Soultion
Microsoft users would LOVE to have access to all the FREE software that Linux users have available to them. I say make WINDOWS users pay through their noses -- Hey they can afford to pay through there noses for bug riddled Windows, it is only fitting they pay through their noses for Microsoft's bug riddled apps as well. I did say something about a "compromise solution". I say make a CRIPPLED version of the FOSS available to Window's users, or put a expiration time that the software can be used for after that Windows users would hqave to PAY for the software. There is NOTHING in the GNU that says developers can not charge for their products. In fact maybe a system that charges Window users while remaining FREE to LINUX and *BSD users should be considered. In fact charging Windows users about 1/2 -3/4 the price for the comparable Microsoft product might lend credability to the product -- "Hey if their charging that much $$$ for the product it must be good".
Agreed (in a way)
OSS is strictly positive for any platform, it is well known. And I would be very glad to see more of it available for Windows, but I'm afraid I won't. Not only because other systems are more "comfortable" for such projects,
but because users of those platforms are much more grateful audience. So I guess that OSS will develop further were it is better accepted.