LinuxPlanet: .comment: If Not Now, When?May 24, 2001, 04:29 (124 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)
Dennis Powell also takes exception to the notion that it's time write the Linux desktop's obituary. On the other hand, he offers up some points for why things aren't moving so fast: resistance to proprietary hardware support, and resistance to for-pay software among them. This week Dennis reminds us that the best technical solution doesn't always win, and the real task ahead for convincing people to make the switch to a Linux desktop lies in providing a truly compelling reason.
"...I love Linux," my wife said a few minutes ago. "Except when I have to open attachments or do any work. But for playing around, it's great." Exactly. We need a broad range of serious applications. Not applications to scratch some programmer's itch as to how it ought to be done, but programs that bring Linux into the world of how things are done. Returning to theKompany.com, which is producing a nice group of programs for both developers and users, it took them, a commercial outfit that isn't richly funded by VC millions, to revive the perennially moribund Magellan, forking it into Aethera, which is progressing wonderfully. Remember the crap they took when they announced that their personal finance manager, Kapital, would be a pay-for-it, closed-source program? Remember how much of it was from people who had been whining about how they wished Quicken would be ported to Linux? Did they think Intuit was going to give it away?
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