Quote Originally Posted by johnc View Post
That's a good point: Linux can't do what Windows has been able to do for years... which seems to be par for course.
Yes, but it's always been par for the course.

We would never have a desktop to match CDE, because open source can't do desktops. Must run CDE binaries.
We would never have a word processor to match WordPerfect because open source can't do office suites. Must run WordPerfect binary.
We would never have a browser to match Netscape because open source can't do browsers. Must run Netscape binaries.
We would never have a video player to match Windows Media and Quicktime and RealPlayer because open source can't do codecs. Must run different operating systems.
We would never have a working network driver because open source can't do network. Must run Nvidia nforce whatever instead of the RE forcedeth driver.
We would neevr have good version control because open source can't do version control. Must run BitKeeper.

I've heard this many times, and in the end the open source solution always won out. Sometimes because a binary program was open-sources (Netscape, OpenOffice), sometimes because the clone surpassed the original (KDE, VLC/MPlayer/FFMPEG/x264), sometimes by reverse engineering and improvement till the binary was not needed (forcedeth).

Now I hear that we would never have video drivers to match the binary ones.

Some of you must be new to Linux....