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Linuxlookup.com: Interview with KDE Chairman Andreas Pour

Oct 03, 2001, 18:39 (13 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Nathan Savasis for this link. ]

"XP really changes the dynamics of the competitive landscape. First of all, with XP Windows loses its long-time advantage in relation to the availability of hardware drivers, as well as other software packages. Second, the increased cost and decreased performance will persuade many IT departments to consider their alternatives more closely. Third, the increasing lack of user freedom and choice in the successive Windows releases will convince those who value freedom and choice to switch to an open, customizable system like Linux/KDE.

Regarding the .NET strategy, it really is too early to say much about it. The details are not there, nor are the products. But what it appears to be, in essence, is a Java replacement, with the Java bytecode replaced with a different bytecode. However, unlike Java, .NET is not an open platform, most notably because from all appearances Microsoft intends to hobble it with proprietary, patented technologies.

Therefore, we can hope to find allies from all the companies -- from IBM to Sun on the vendor side to a broad spectrum of enterprises on the client side -- that have a significant Java investment and that are not ready to drop it so Microsoft can monopolize yet another technology. We can also hope to find allies in the world's development community, particularly with recent studies indicating that 60% of the world's software developers are proficient in Java."

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