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Re: [News] List of High-end Multimedia Applications for GNU/Linux

Chris Ahlstrom <ahlstromc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> After takin' a swig o' grog, Matt belched out
>   this bit o' wisdom:
>> Chris Ahlstrom wrote:
>>> What good is a cross-platform application running on a crippled platform?
>> For one thing it acts as a bridge between OSes, permitting migrations 
>> away from Windows.  You see it mentioned in most major Linux migrations. 
>>   By the way, migrations away from Linux are almost unknown.  And find 
>> me one where the emigrant says, "Oh, yes, I felt so trapped on 
>> Linux---but with these cross-platform apps I found I was able to finally 
>> migrate to Windows, which is really the better OS."
> That's not my claim, though.  
> My claim is that it enables a lot of people to /stay/ on Windows.

Unfortunately, both these positions are correct, they are not exclusive.
Having been using Linux for so long now (getting on for 15 years), I
don't much care whether there's a Windows alternative, but for those
unfortunates still on the Redmond Money-Go-Round-and-Round-to-Bill, then
having something X-Platform could be of value. 

Bridges, though, usually permit traffic both ways.

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