Porting free software to Windows
Posted Dec 16, 2004 3:07 UTC (Thu) by kirkengaard
Parent article: Porting free software to Windows
OTOH, and from a different perspective, Windows users are no less in need of quality software. Some of us are stuck using Windows for work, some of us choose dual-boot to fill needs that aren't as readily available on one platform or another, and some people actually believe in the Microsoft operating system. Yah, I know, but they exist. And it's nice to have quality, community-built, problem-oriented, guaranteed-to-still-exist software. Look at the title here. I hate to toot the FSF horn, but this isn't about Linux or *BSD. This is about the value of a free and open license and an intelligent development process. It's about the users with problems. I work in the hardware industry. No, the other hardware industry. When you give a customer a choice, that customer will choose the best fit to their needs. For some, that factors in price, for some it doesn't, but it's always about the best solution. If you want market share, it's about serving the customers. If we want market share, it's about serving the users. For some users, that means they need applications for non-free operating systems. If you don't want those users, don't serve them. I guarantee that someone else will. If you want them to use free software, let them have free software they can use. The developers set the user accessibility threshold.
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