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    the 'application barrier to entry'


    Does anyone know if open source software has managed to overcome it?

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    Having never heard of the "application barrier to entry".
    I have no idea if it has or not.

    Could you explain it a little bit more?
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    it's the idea that windows' monopoly is maintained by it's vast amount of applications; people disregard other operating systems because they don't have enough applications that they want/need

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    I think that it has in many cases except:

    High-level graphics (I may be wrong)
    Games

    I mean, OpenOffice covers us on an office suite (though they need to standardize a bit: I'm hoping 2.0 will bring a number of good changes). We've got the GIMP, we've got web browsers, we've got chat programs, movie players, IDE's, etc.


    I honestly don't believe that the application barrier is what's really holding people back: the true culprits are lack-of-knowledge on the part of the consumer, the pre-installation of Windows on most PC's, and that Linux is not as easy-to-use-out-of-the-box as Windows is (which I consider a great thing).

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    That application barrier.
    Well I do believe Linux has overcome that by a longshot.
    http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/win-l...en/table.shtml
    The list is a little old. There are sites out there that have more up2date lists though.
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    Most if not all of those open source programs are also available for Windows.

    http://osswin.sourceforge.net/
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    someone will probably shoot me down here, but would anyone agree there's more apps out ther for linux?

    Just that there's a lot of them that aren't really distributed. like i have a couple of scripts on my computer that could clas as applications, since they do something for me. But they're not well known about (only a few people know till now at least) hehe.

    Unfortunately, this doesn't mean the quality of them all is magnificent.

    The ONLY thing i have a windows partition still on my drive for is gaming. I do use cedega, but not everything seems to work there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdousley
    someone will probably shoot me down here, but would anyone agree there's more apps out ther for linux?
    You might be right, and I've been thinking that for a while now. At one time, you could go into stores such as CompUSA and see perhaps 7 or 8 long rows of Windows applications, but now it's far less than that. Of course you don't see many (if any) Linux apps there, but that's understandable since it's freely available online.

    How many Linux apps are there now... 20 or 30 thousand, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozar
    At one time, you could go into stores such as CompUSA and see perhaps 7 or 8 long rows of Windows applications, but now it's far less than that.
    I would say a big reason that you're seeing this is more people are buying their software online, I know I do. In fact I prefer buying and downloading the software inmmediately rather than going to a store. I can store a copy of the installation file on my USB drive and burn a hard copy of all my installation programs on DVD.
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    do you guys think an investigation on the open source software software development process counts for a Computer Science?

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