re: Is Free Software for Windows Good?
After carefully reading Jeff's editorial, I do not believe he is asking if Windows software is any good, but rather if it is a -good thing-. Is it about commercial OS's? That is part of the issue, but not the issue itself. By and large, it is about people. What could be wrong about offering freedom of choice to the individuals who use a closed OS, some of which do not realize they have a choice.
While it may not be up to the Linux community to be the pioneers of Open Source applications for Windows, who better than the Linux Community. We are the proof that it works, and it is good. The least it could do is allow Windows users the chance to sample the computing world we find so wonderful. I can see many possibilities in its future. Why would a Windows user pay for an application that in its rush to get the new product on the shelf, is full of bugs, features they may never use or lacks the features they need, when they could obtain, under GNU/GPL, a product for free that may be more stable and give them the opportunity to be a part it's development? Could it be possible that in the future of Windows Open Source software, commercial developers feel compelled to create better software in order to justify the expense? That in itself would be a good thing.
Ask any business what their competition could do to hurt them the most. Set up a location nearby and offer better products for less money, and better customer support. Those things are why I chose to switch to Linux in the first place! I find the majority of the Linux community to be people who are very supportive of each other. I have never regretted the switch, and each day I find another reason to be proud to belong to such a wonderful group. The future offers possibilities for the computer users of the world. One thing that is great, is all of us can determine which direction it goes. I do not see how Open Source software for Windows could hurt the Linux community, I do see benefits for -people-, regardless of OS.