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Dec 27, 2004, 23:30 (10 Talkback[s])
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"In the late 1990s, we thought Linux needed a 'killer app' that would make general PC users view Linux as a necessity the same way they first viewed Windows as a necessity due to Microsoft Office. However, a new direction in open source adoption seems to be emerging that might require a re-think and a change in our perspective.

"Many popular open source programs like the GIMP,, MPlayer, and VideoLAN now natively support Windows instead of only supporting Linux. With the old way of thinking, having these great applications only available on the Linux platform would be the way to draw users to Linux. Now, thinking seems to have shifted..."

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