Is Linux a desktop operating system?

Erik Bågfors zindar at
Sat May 28 19:41:06 UTC 2005

On 5/28/05, Tom Adelstein <adelste at> wrote:
> On Sat, 2005-05-28 at 20:45 +0200, Erik Bågfors wrote:
> > > Norman, albi makes very good points. I'm glad he said it instead of me.
> > >
> > > At some point, people have to take a stand for goodness. Microsoft
> > > persists because good men refuse to act. Linus calls it inertia. Others
> > > have used more biting commentary.
> >
> > Well, how much are you acting? :)
> You're joking - right?

Yes :)

> >
> > > Popular music isn't popular for long and I can't sympathize with
> > > "games". People have provided an abundance of educational software for
> > > Linux. I'm even studying languages on Linux. You can use a Mac for
> > > educational software.
> >
> > There are alot more games for Linux than I thought. I just assumed
> > that none (or.. close to none) existed. Then I found out a whole bunch
> > of games are ported to Linux.
> >
> > What I think we should do, is all of us, go out and buy a few good
> > Linux games.  I'm planning to do just that myself, and I have done it
> > before.  Not that I play alot, but because I want to support porting
> > games (and other apps) to Linux.
> Good idea. Also, consider a contribution to the Free Software Foundation
> and Ubuntu.

Of course, Just a few weeks ago (well.. maybe months now) I sent money
to the guy doing tomboy, because it's such a great piece of software

> > Think about it, what if half of all the people on this list would go
> > out this week and order never winter night for example.  It wouldn't
> > cost you much but it would send a good message to the porting people.
> >
> > Next question, what do you use for learning languages?
> Almost everything I use comes from the Internet. Many tutorials exist on
> web sites depending on your area of interest. Also, I've downloaded
> Win32 programs and generally they run in Crossover office. I've also
> purchased bargain CD ROMs and had luck with those.

Ok, I got the impression you had a native linux program that you used.

> > > Of course, you can wait until the products get ported or write and ask
> > > software companies if they will port their products to Linux.
> >
> > I think that better than wait or ask, but buy what's available now!!!
> >
> Absolutely.
> >
> > Don't get me wrong, I love opensource and the fact that most
> > everything in Linux is free, such as ubuntu for example. But I also
> > think that games for example, do not really work as oss.  We need to
> > support what's here now to make them understand that it's a good thing
> > porting to linux.
> Games can work as open source. I think a subscription model makes sense.

I don't, but I love being proven wrong.


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