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Topic # 17838 14-Dec-2007 11:27
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Ok, before starting my thread, I hereby accept that this thread is not to create any argument between "Linux" and "Windows" or any other technology out there. If that happens, Moderators can delete this thread.

I have this always running in my mind - Why always Open Source referred to Linux only ? Whenever I see Open Source, they have the penguin picture. Any technology can adopt Open Source. And more over , we see people choosing open source applications a lot than open source operating systems. As far as me, I see Open Source can fit into any technology out there and I am also happy if my operating system is not open source (as I am not going to sit down and see how it works) but it would be really nice to see the applications I use to be open source.


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  Reply # 99922 14-Dec-2007 12:16
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Check out for a really neat project that is developed for multiple platform. There is LOTS of open source software for Windows operating systems, though i'd hazard a guess and say Linux open-source projects by far outweigh any other OS in terms of sheer numbers of projects.

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  Reply # 99936 14-Dec-2007 13:10

"Does open source always relate to Linux?"
quite simply; no.

"Linux" is not a product either and shouldn't be confused with things like Firefox. Strictly speaking Linux is not an OS either, it is only the kernel and the GNU open source utils make the system functional as an OS. then add BSD or Sys V init, udev, Xorg, Gnome, you get the idea. GNU/Linux OS can run proprietary/closed-source software jsut as easily as windows does too for the record, static or dynamic link binaries - it's all the same apart from the crashing.

this video explains alot:

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