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ZDNet: WinXP: an OS for Linux lovers

Sep 07, 2001, 18:45 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill O'Brien)
"The day that we've all feared is soon to arrive: Microsoft has finally made an operating system that Linux users will love: Windows XP.

... On a related note, I predict that XP will send flocks of people over to look at the viability of Linux. (Windows user aren't stupid, they're just a little too complacent.) Unfortunately, most of that flock will shrug and return to Windows because Linux is simply not ready for prime time (at least not the consumer version of prime time), even now. Some will stay, not so much because of Linux itself but rather because they've found a non-Microsoft operating system to satisfy their vitriol and one that can also run Windows and several of its applications via an emulator without slowing down to a crawl. That's not a good thing for Linux.

Don't get me wrong. I like Win4Lin and VMWare (and I have a strong desire to see Wine bear fruit). It's just that emulators--virtual environments, call them what you will--are not good for Linux. They tend to generate their own aura of complacency as well as impeding the development of Linux-specific complementary applications. Why would anyone develop an MS Word-like app for Linux when you can use MS-Word under Win4Lin? (And if you think Linux doesn't need an MS-Word-like application, ask Apple why it needed one for the Macintosh.)"

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