Aaron said that making OpenOffice, Firefox, etc available on Windows is a mistake, because it helps people to stay on (using) Windows.
He missed one thing though – whether Joe Home User uses Windows or Linux is (in most cases) not his decision; it’s Dell/HP/Walmart/etc’s decision.
So, to gain the home user market, opensource community need to make Linux an offer that those company can’t refuse. We need to make them make Linux as their main OS in their computer – instead of Windows.
I think Linspire is doing a pretty good job in this regard. I hope others (Mandrake, RedHat, Ubuntu, etc) can follow their lead. Only then we’ll start seeing Linux making it to our homes.
In the meantime, do please keep making Firefox et al available for Windows users – let’s help enable them to use their own computer, without fear of problems due to sloppiness in Microsoft’s part.
Also I love seeing OpenOffice available on Windows – I can picture Ballmer screaming from the pain of losing the US$300+ per seat on Office license ðŸ˜€ ho ho ho
Have a great holiday everyone !