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SubjectRe: If Linux is to succeed

> Linux needs applications to succeed in business. No question
> about it. Not the pathetic Applix or buggy WordPerfect. Why is
> it that the Windows API has not been ported to Unix? Why not the
> Microsoft Foundation classes? Why not ActiveX/OLE/DCOM.

Because they suck? The windoze API is basically wrong-headed IMO.
If someone ports it, great, yippee (actually someone has, check out It shouldn't be a goal of Linux to emulate windoze.
Good, native applications are a much better solution.

It's "nice" to support windoze apps, but not necessary to the survival
of Linux. I don't think I'd want to use the windoze-user's Linux.

> The Linux community should also shed the notion that everything
> should be free. Prices should not be what they are for Sun or HP
> products (multi thousand dollars for a GUI painter) but should
> be similar to PC market prices. I know I am willing to spend some
> cash.

As am I. There a numerous commercial Linux applications.

> Microsoft operating systems are second rate. Everyone knows that.
> Microsoft applications and applications architectures are the very best.
> Everyone knows that too, and that is why they hold 90% of the market.

I disagree totally. The "architecture" is windoze' major problem. Some
of the problem is implementation, but I think there is a basic
wrong-headedness about it. Windoze certainly caters to bloated applications
and development style. Ever write a program in straight C, then write
the same thing using MFC, which is now by far the "suggested" model? The
difference is obvious.

But I'm cynical :-)

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Senior Software Engineer
VeriWeb Internet Corp.

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