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Free Software on Windows and Mac

Mar 25, 2009, 01:32 (2 Talkback[s])

"Inkscape is a good example. It's available pre-built for Windows, OS X and Linux, and shouts 'Draw Freely' as a slogan from both its web page and the application's About window.

"Hopefully, freedom is infectious. Over the last few years software that's free, as in speech and in beer, has embedded itself within Windows and OS X and become an essential tool for many. Even if people don't understand the politics behind freely available office suites, top-class web browsers or Samba networking stacks, more users means more bug-testing, more publicity and more pressure on the third-party vendors to support the applications we, as Linux users, rely on.

"If Mozilla Firefox hadn't become a household name, we'd still be fighting websites to ensure compatibility, and OpenDocument might not have become a ratified ISO standard. It also means that users of IBM's ancient OS/2 operating system can still run cutting-edge open source applications such as Scribus."

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