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Linux.com: Misconceptions of Success

Feb 24, 2000, 19:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Nipp)

"I have seen countless posts in newsgroups and such that Linux will never be able to succeed in becoming more popular than Windows because Linux cannot run Windows applications. These posts point to Linux' inability to run software written for Windows -- not taking into account emulation projects such as VMware or WINE -- as the critical weakness of Linux which will prevent Linux from ever enjoying the kind of success that Windows now has. This logic does not seem to be very valid to me, and the phenomenal growth that Linux has sustained for the past couple of years denies this logic also. Linux is currently the fastest growing operating system, and there is nothing to indicate that this trend will not continue for some time to come."

"First of all, high-end server applications have been coming to Linux by the truckload. This includes the likes of major database applications by Oracle and Informix, security-related software by Checkpoint, and other server-side applications such as Lotus Notes. This small list of applications is by no means complete, simply scratching the surface...."

"Next, many software developers who have not already ported existing Windows software to Linux are now announcing plans to do so. Most people are familiar with the high-quality productivity suite available from Sun Microsystems called StarOffice, and Corel is in the process of porting WordPerfect Office to Linux. Desktop applications available for Linux also include other commercially successful applications such as Netscape Communicator, and various games like Quake 3, Railroad Tycoon II, and more...."

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