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Dr. Dobb's Journal: Windows: Linux's Secret Weapon

Jan 25, 1999, 00:03 (10 Talkback[s])

This editorial speculates on what could happen when legions of Windows programmers flock to the Linux operating system.

"Once even a small portion of the Linux development community gets religious about usability and human factors issues, which might only happen through a demographic shift, the product could change radically in a single major release. (Anyone doubting the potential power of a paradigm shift, to use yet again the most overused expression in all of computing, need only look at how the World Wide Web has gone from a pipe dream to an economic and technical juggernaut in just a few years.) If all this shift does is largely divorce Linux users from their reliance on command-line tools and text configuration files, it would be an immeasurable improvement for mainstream users."

"The key detail is that we're not just talking about adding more programmers to the mix, but programmers with a particular mindset, and one that's very different from that of the existing Linux community."

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