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Re: [Ma-linux] Information Week calls for Open Sourcing Windows

Subject: Re: [Ma-linux] Information Week calls for Open Sourcing Windows
From: Charles M Howe
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 23:08:19 -0500

A few thoughts,

I'm pretty sure that I recall reading that a project had been launched
to do an open source version of Windows. Am I correct? If so, do you
have any idea how well it is going? My thought has been that the closer
it gets to being viable the stronger the pressure on  Microsoft to
drastically reduce the cost of a license.

Isn't the GIMP Windows compatible? Where, in your opinion, or the
opinion of those readers who have tried it, does it rank in usability?
This is important to me. I am advising a tenth grader who wants to
become an architect. (See the thread "Advice for the adviser (me).) I
have gotten numerous good suggestions from this list. I asked a
question, "Would it be advisable for Brooks to be fluent in GIMP. I
think the answer came down, "Not particularly useful".

And, finally, Remember that Python is platform-neutral.

Any others?


On Tue, 2009-02-03 at 13:27 -0500, Przemek Klosowski wrote:
> Charles Babcock wrote an Information Week feature article
> predicting that Microsoft will have to Open Source Windows sooner
> or later:
> http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/operatingsystems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212903501&subSection=Operating+Systems
> He cites several reasons: impracticality of software licensing for
> clusters/cloud computing and for netbooks, developer mindshare, and
> the superiority of Open Source development process.
> This last argument is interesting because we recently discussed here
> the Free/Open dilemma ("It's Freer"; "No, it's Better"). I actually
> think it's the best part of the FOSS model: the Freedom positively
> feeds backs into a superior technology development. It doesn't always
> turn out this way, but there's a plenty of examples where it does, and
> I would say that the FOSS community is getting better at it.
> I really take exception to this statement:
>     It's interesting to see that Windows has applications coming out
>     for it that are free, and of much better quality and ease of use
>     than the Linux counterparts. Just frustrating thinking that there
>     is support for something, it appears like there is, then BLAM,
>     it's all depreciated stuff and there is no hope short of
>     re-writing it all.
> OK, sure, there are Windows programs that are superior to what's
> available on Linux. Few of them are free, and some of those are even
> Free (Open Source, and with a FOSS license). Still the point is that
> if there is a decent FOSS project that scratches a significant itch,
> it will have a following which pretty much guarantees some level of
> development and maintenance. It seems to me that a project can only
> become abandoned or depreciated because it cannot sustain its
> community of users, which is an ultimate viability test.
> It's actually the non-Free programs that are likely to get waylaid,
> when their sole and primary author decides to move away from
> supporting them. While I could think of several Windows projects
> (e.g. TurboPascal and other Borland products) I could not come up with
> an example of a superior FOSS application that got totally abandoned:
> there's usually a fork or a replacement.
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