Linux.com: More Major Software WinsNov 11, 1999, 16:36 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Nipp)
"An operating system is only as good as the applications which run on it. The applications which a person chooses to run on any operating system are where the real use and value of the system lie. Applications from databases to games to productivity suites are the heart and soul of what people do with their computers. What does it matter if a particular operating system will make a $100 486/33 outperform the latest and greatest gigahertz Pentium clone if there are no applications to run on it? Applications are what we all use for work or pleasure, and our favorite underdog has just gained a few more first class applications with which to feather its cap."
"The rapid proliferation of applications which now run on Linux is wonderful for anyone even thinking of running Linux. The first question most people ask me about Linux is, "Will it run this?", or "Does this application run on Linux?" These are very important questions, and I am beginning to reply more often with a yes indeed it will run the application you want. As the number of applications which run on Linux continues to increase, so will the Linux user base. This pattern is exponential in nature, as the more people there are running Linux, the more likely application developers are likely to release their products on Linux."