"As for becoming a new OS/2, I think that the fears that Linux
is undermining its own viability as a platform by providing support
for Windows applications and technologies are exaggerated. For
instance Microsoft's attack strategy has usually been to provide
support for competitor technologies, their adoption of non-W3C
Netscape HTML tags in early Internet Explorer releases or their
licensing of Real Audio's technologies for use with Windows Media
player are two examples. Products such as Wine or the flame war
breeding GNOME Basic project is the way to world conquest in my
view, lack of compatibility will hurt us more than Microsoft."
"So the question is if Linux can hope to compete head on with
Windows and Macintosh with our diverse desktop GUI, or will the
average user reject us as too complex and inconsistent? One of the
things that strikes me when reading comments about such issues on
community billboards is how so many Linux enthusiasts seem to think
that since we find the evolving Linux GUI easy to use, that must
mean that the average user out there would too. Well, to those who
feel this way, please take a 6 month job doing user support and you
will quickly discover that even Linux newbies can't be used as
examples of how the general public would behave when put in front
of Linux desktop system."
"So for the short term I think that the adoption of Linux (or
any other Unix system using our desktop technologies) into the
mainstream desktop market might be hampered by our diversity, but
I think and hope that the long term situation will improve...
due to more and more old and inflexible applications being replaced
with newer, more flexible ones and at the same time the flexibility
and intuitivity of Linux applications will increase with
incremental improvements in theme-technologies and due to influence
from people like the usability experts at Eazel."
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