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osOpinion: Did Linux Miss Its Window?

Oct 10, 2001, 09:22 (114 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Barr)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"...Linux has not aggressively exploited the nearly two-year gap between the release of Windows 2000 and the release of Windows XP. With the Home Edition of XP now the standard operating system shipped with most PCs, Linux advocates can no longer use the instability of Windows 95/98/Me as an argument for Linux.

XP is based on the NT kernel and therefore has none of the intentional tradeoffs of stability for compatibility that plagued previous home versions of Windows.

A company writing hardware drivers or applications for Windows is now even more likely to target them only at XP. Before, with the 95/98/Me vs. NT/2000 split, companies already had to target two platforms, making it more likely that they would also port to a third one (Linux). Now, with one dominant platform, they have more incentive to write their code once, in a non-platform-independent way, and be done with it."

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