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Re: Windows, Linux, and Car Radios

Verily I say unto thee, that Rex Ballard spake thusly:
>> Homer wrote:
>>>> Rex Ballard wrote:

>>>>> Even Linux users like to have Windows capabilities.
>>> Yes, that was a rather odd statement.
>>> What exactly are Windows' "capabilities"?
> By this I mean the ability to run applications originally written for
> Windows.  Applications like Turbo Tax, Quicken or QuickBooks, old 
> share-ware programs, video games, cheap educational software, and 
> legacy corporate applications written to the Windows API.
> If WINE could do that with fewer exceptions than Vista, corporations 
> would be making mass migrations to Linux today.

Yes, but the substantive point is that you claimed "*Linux* users like
to have Windows capabilities".

If they are /already/ using Linux, then they already have the means to
supplant Windows' archaic "capabilities" with alternatives, and indeed
for the sake of interoperability with their Linux systems, they /must/
do so. Expecting them to run an API emulator to continue supporting an
outdated Windows application, is rather less prudent than switching to
a modern, Open Standards-based, multi-platform application which works
seamlessly in a heterogeneous environment. The only remaining thing to
consider, is format conversion, but any half-decent SoA should provide
that kind of automation. There's "training", of course, but then these
users are already "Linux users" after all, so the question of training
is somewhat moot.

I think that you meant to write "corporate users like to have Windows'
capabilities", or more accurately "some users who are either locked in
to proprietary formats or ignorant of alternatives, continue to demand
support for outdated Windows applications, and thus can only use those
outdated Windows applications under Linux if they use emulation".


| "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It
|  is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." ~ William
|  Pitt the Younger

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