April 10, 2001

Paying to use free software?

Author: JT Smith

A column at osOpinion talks about dealing with Microsoft's licensing and compatibility with XP. "Linux companies and developers must get back to developing the desktop and desktop
applications. We need applications like Act 2000, Intuit's Quicken and QuickBooks, and a way to run children's
curriculum CD-ROMs and a real browser. With what appears to loom ahead, even Linux servers might shrink in
market share if they don't provide services to XP.

While many applications and development tools exist in the Linux space, they do little good if 88 percent of the
desktops in the world can't shake hands."


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